ASTHMA AWARENESS DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO!!
ASTHMA ISNT A LITTLE ILLNESS IT IS MASSIVE AND VERY DANGEROUS IT TOOK MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER LIFE AWAY MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO! xx
What to do in an asthma attackWhat to do• Keep calm• Encourage the child or young person to sit up and slightly...forward – do not hug or lie them down• Make sure the child or young person takes two puffs of relieverinhaler (usually blue) immediately – preferably through a spacer• Ensure tight clothing is loosened• Reassure the childIf there is no immediate improvementContinue to make sure the child or young person takes one puff ofreliever inhaler every minute for five minutes or until theirsymptoms improve.Call 999 or a doctor urgently if:• The child or young person’s symptoms do not improve in5–10 minutes.• The child or young person is too breathless or exhausted to talk.• The child or young person’s lips are blue.• You are in doubt.Ensure the child or young person takes one puff of their relieverinhaler every minute until the ambulance or doctor arrives.It is essential for people who work with children and young people withasthma to know how to recognise the signs of an asthma attack and what to do if they have an asthma attack.Common signs of an asthma attack are:• coughing• shortness of breath• wheezing• tightness in the chest• being unusually quiet• difficulty speaking in full sentences• sometimes younger children express feelingtight in the chest as a tummy ache.After a minor asthma attack• Minor attacks should not interrupt theinvolvement of a pupil with asthma in school.When the pupil feels better they can return toschool activities.• The parents/carers must always be told iftheir child has had an asthma attack.Important things to remember in an asthma attack if at school:• Never leave a pupil having an asthma attack.• If the pupil does not have their inhaler and/or spacer with them,send another teacher or pupil to their classroom or assigned roomto get their spare inhaler and/or spacer.• In an emergency situation school staff are required under commonlaw, duty of care, to act like any reasonably prudent parent.• Reliever medicine is very safe. During an asthma attack do notworry about a pupil overdosing.• Send another pupil to get another teacher/adult if an ambulanceneeds to be called.• Contact the pupil’s parents or carers immediately after calling theambulance/doctor.• A member of staff should always accompany a pupil taken tohospital by ambulance and stay with them until their parent orcarer arrives.• Generally staff should not take pupils to hospital in their own car.However, in some situations it may be the best course of action.• Another adult should always accompany anyone driving a pupilhaving an asthma attack to emergency services.NB: Guidance from education authorities on emergency transport inprivate vehicles is different in each part of the UK. Your schoolshould have a clear emergency procedure policy on if and when thisis appropriate.
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