About this event

  • Date and time Fri 17 Sep 2021 from 9:15am to 4:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Anaesthesia, Paediatrics and Child Health

This live stream 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 live stream 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 live stream 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 live stream image is provided by the Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation.


Standard pricing available until 17 September 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£36.00 £27.00 £27.00 £27.00 £18.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£66.00 £50.00 £50.00 £50.00 £33.00

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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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

Comfort break

Session 2

Emergency room management

Professor Colin Powell , Paediatric Emergency Senior attending physician, Sidra Medicine Doha Qatar, honorary Professor of Child health school of medicine Cardiff University UK

Intravenous bronchodilators

Dr William Sellers, Anaesthetist

PICU care

Dr Andrew Nyman, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Consultant

Retrievals / asthma

Dr Padmanabhan Ramanrayan, GOSH

Panel discussion

Lunch break

Session 3

Ella’s story

Rosamund Adoo-Kissi-Debrah , Ella Roberta Foundation

The impact of pollution

Professor Jonathan Grigg QMUL, 

Panel discussion
Comfort 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 and closing remarks

Close of Live Stream



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

Special rates for difficult times 
The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s ​weekly COVID-19 Series ​webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.

Registration for this live stream will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

This live stream will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the live stream takes place. 

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

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