Nana Banana (speaky_bean) wrote in little_details,
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Asthma Treatment In An Emergency Room/Is It Possible To Convincingly Fake An Asthma Attack?

I'm writing a story that takes place in New York City, in 2002. My character is a teenage boy who is asthmatic but is faking an asthma attack. I checked google, and the tags for this community, but I was unable to find anything particularly useful. I'm actually really confused as to why I can't find anything about the first part of my question, since it seems fairly basic, but I've been trying various keywords "asthma treatment" "asthma emergency room" "asthma hospital" and so on, and I haven't found anything. Also looked up 'asthma' on a couple of medical websites, but none of them really answered my question. (If I missed anything in the tags here, please forgive me.)

Anyway, my questions are as follows.

1) How are asthma attacks treated in an emergency room setting?

2) Is it possible for someone to fake an asthma attack and for emergency room workers not to pick up on this? Is the faking more likely to be overlooked if the person is actually asthmatic? How dangerous would it be to receive treatment when one is not actually having an attack? Also, what would one have to do in order to fake one?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been stuck researching for ages now, and I really want to just get on with the story, but I can't until I figure this out. Thanks in advance!
Tags: usa: health care and hospitals, usa: new york: new york city, ~medicine: illnesses: lung problems
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