About this event

  • Date and time Fri 17 Sep 2021 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Anaesthesia, Paediatrics and Child Health

This event will raise awareness of childhood asthma deaths, promote safe asthma management and mitigate the risks of a fatal asthma attack, discuss controversies in acute asthma management, and present research findings on the experience of families who have suffered from a fatal asthma attack.

This multidisciplinary event will bring together GP's, paediatricians, allied healthcare professionals, emergency physicians, anaesthetists, and intensivists, who manage children with asthma to address the key question as to why children still die from asthma? Building on lessons learned from the avoidable deaths of young people, the speakers will discuss ways to improve the management of children with asthma, both long term and acute, to prevent further tragic deaths.

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Topics to be covered during this meeting include: 

  • The risk factors for fatal and near-fatal asthma
  • How to reduce fatal risks through long term management of asthma
  • The management of a life-threatening asthma attack
  • Controversies in acute asthma management

CPD learning applied. 

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The event image is provided by the Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.



Standard pricing available until 16 September 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£96.00 £57.00 £57.00 £57.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£176.00 £105.00 £105.00 £105.00 £55.00

Key speakers

Professor Andrew Bush

Professor of Paediatric Respirology, Imperial College, London, UK

Dr Mark Levy

GP and member of the GINA Science Committee, UK

Ann McMurray

Specialist Children's Asthma Nurse Edinburgh Children for Sick Children and Chair NPRANG, Scotland


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Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Samantha Shinde, Consultant Anaesthetist, Bristol, President Anaesthesia section, Royal Society of Medicine 

Session 1

Lessons from NRAD and coroner’s cases

Dr Mark Levy, General practitioners, London, GINA Board Member

Preventing asthma deaths: assessment of risk and long-term management

Dr Louise Fleming, Clinical Reader, Imperial College, London

Asthma mimics: the upper airway and beyond

Mr Guri Sandhu , Consultant Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeon, Imperial Healthcare

Panel discussion

Tea and coffee break

Session 2

Emergency room management

Professor Colin Powell , Paediatric Emergency Senior attending Physician ,Sidra Medicine Doha Qatar and Honorary Professor, Child Health school of medicine, Cardiff University

Intravenous bronchodilators

Dr William Sellers, Anaesthetist

Retrievals / asthma

Dr Padmanabhan Ramanrayan, GOSH

PICU care

Dr Andrew Nyman, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Consultant

Panel discussion


Session 3

Ella’s story

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah, Ella Roberta Foundation

The impact of pollution

Professor Jonathan Grigg QMUL

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
Giving a voice to families and young people

Ann McMurray, Children’s Asthma Nurse Specialist, Edinburgh, Chair of NPRANG

Asthma deaths: how near are we to never-never land?

Professor Andrew Bush, Professor of Paediatric Respirology, London

Panel discussion

Closing remarks

Close of meeting

Drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

Disclaimer: All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this event will close at 12:00am on Thursday 16 September 2021Late registrations will not be accepted.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

All delegates will receive the recording of this event 24 hours after the event has finished. The recording will be available to watch for up to 30 days after the live event. 

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