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ASTHMA WEEK 1ST - 7TH SEPTEMBER

What is asthma: As we breathe, air moves in and out of our lungs through branching airways.

People with asthma have sensitive or "twitchy" airways. When they are exposed to certain "triggers" (e.g. cigarette smoke), their airways narrow making it hard for them to breathe.

WHAT SHOUD I DO IN AN ASTHMA EMERGENCY?

Everybody with asthma should have their own 'action plan'. Or you can follow the Asthma First Aid Plan. If their condition suddenly deteriorates or, if at any time you are concerned, call an ambulance immediately and proceed with the Asthma First Aid Plan.

Asthma First Aid Plan

  1. Sit the person upright and give reassurance. Do not leave them alone.
  2. Without delay give 4 separate puffs of a blue reliever puffer (airomir, asmol, epaq or ventolin), one puff at a time, preferably through a spacer device. Ask the person to take 4 breaths from the spacer after each puff of medication. If a spacer is not available, use the blue reliever puffer on its own.
  3. 3. Wait 4 minutes.
  4. 4. If there is little or no improvement repeat steps 2 and 3.

If there is still no improvement call an Ambulance immediately (DIAL 000)

Continuously repeat steps 2 and 3 while waiting for the ambulance.

*A Bricanyl turbuhaler may be used in first aid treatment if a puffer and spacer is unavailable.

For more asthma information call Asthma Foundation on: 9289 3600 or go to www.asthmawa.org.au

Thank you

Jenny Hill
College nurse

Source: Asthma Foundation WA