A child is admitted to the hospital due to an acute asthma exacerbation. The nurse is assessing the patient and immediately calls the physician after discovering which of the following?


•Sudden absence of expiratory wheezes during an asthma attack is a sign of airway collapse and should be treated as a medical emergency.

•Shortness of breath, use of accessory muscles, and increased mucous production is an expected finding during an asthma attack. These are not medical emergencies, but should be monitored closely.

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