Even if you don’t have Asthma, its good for every person to know the first aid for an Asthma attack because Asthma is so prevalent, and the risk of a severe Asthma attack may be fatal.
What is Asthma?
A condition of the airways in the lungs. The airways narrow and possibly close completely. The person is unable to breath.
What causes an Asthma attack?
Triggers can be: Exercise Colds/Flu Smoke Weather changes Dust and dust mites Moulds Pollens Animals Chemicals Deodorants and perfumes Foods and additives Certain medications Emotions
What are the signs/symptoms of an Asthma attack?
What is the first aid for an Asthma attack?
Sit the person upright
Be calm and reassuring
Do not leave them alone
Give 4 puffs of blue reliever puffer medication
Use a spacer if there is one
Put 1 puff into spacer
Take 4 breaths from spacer
Repeat until 4 puffs have been taken
REMEMBER: SHAKE, 1 PUFF, 4 BREATHS
If there is no improvement give 4 more puffs as above
If there is still no improvement call emergency assistance (DIAL OOO)* (AUSTRALIA)
Say ‘ambulance’ and that someone is having an asthma attack
Keep giving 4 puffs every 4 minutes until emergency assistance
*If calling Triple Zero (000) does not work on your mobile phone, try 112
Don’t delay treatment. If you have the symptoms of a severe asthma attack and you haven’t got your blue/grey puffer – call emergency assistance DIAL 000