WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
If you or someone you are with are struggling to breath and you feel it is an emergency, dial 111 and ask for an ambulance.
If you know you are asthmatic or suffer from a respiratory disease make sure you tell the dispatcher on the phone and the ambulance officer.
Asthma First Aid
The 6 steps you need to remember and the “Rule of 6” too!
A - Assess
MILD: Short of breath, wheeze, cough
MODERATE: Loud wheeze, breathing difficulty, can only speak in short sentences
SEVERE: Distressed, gasping for breath, difficulty speaking two words, blueness around the mouth.
IF THE PERSON HAS SEVERE ASTHMA OR IS FRIGHTENED CALL AN AMBULANCE, DIAL 111
S - Sit the person upright and stay with them. Reassure calmly.
T - Treat with 6 puffs of the blue inhaler, ideally using a spacer, 1 puff at a time, 6 breaths for each puff
H - Help If not improving after 6 minutes, call an ambulance. Continue to use the blue inhaler 6 puffs every 6 minutes.
M - Monitor If improving after 6 minutes, keep monitoring. If necessary repeat doses of blue inhaler.
A - All Ok When free of wheeze, cough and breathlessness return to normal quiet activity.
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