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When an Asthma inhaler is not available

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Managing Asthma Attacks: First Aid and Preventive Measures

Handling an Asthma Attack Without an Inhaler

What to do when a patient lacks an inhaler or it's empty during an asthma attack.

  • Locate Replacement Medication: Check for available replacement medications or send someone to retrieve them.
  • Call for Professional Help: Dial EMS immediately as inhalers are the primary treatment.

Immediate First Aid

Essential steps to control an asthma attack before professional help arrives.

  • Stop and Sit Upright: Advise the patient to stop activities and sit upright to ease breathing.
  • Breathing Techniques: Instruct deep, slow breaths through the nose and out through the mouth to prevent hyperventilation.
  • Humidify the Air: Consider moving the patient to a steamy environment like a bathroom with a running shower.
  • Keep Calm: Stress exacerbates symptoms, so reassure and comfort the patient to relax chest muscles.
  • Remove Triggers: If possible, relocate the patient away from asthma triggers like dust or smoke.
  • Hot Caffeinated Drinks: Sip on hot, caffeinated beverages to help open airways temporarily.
  • Seek Professional Help: Remember, this is a temporary measure; professional assistance is crucial.

Maintaining Inhaler Effectiveness

Tips to ensure inhalers are ready and effective when needed.

  • Keep It Clean: Maintain inhaler cleanliness and keep the cover on to prevent dust and dirt ingress.
  • Clean Spacer: If using a spacer, ensure it stays clean and dry for optimal function.
  • Check Medication: Confirm that the inhaler contains medication, not just propellant.
  • Carry a Spare Canister: Always have a spare canister when the level is low.
  • Collect Latest Prescription: Regularly collect prescriptions from the chemist to ensure a fresh supply.
  • Carry a Spare Inhaler: When traveling, have a spare inhaler for emergencies.
  • School Inhaler Management: Schools with inhalers must maintain proper documentation and adequate supplies.
  • Use Correct Inhaler: Ensure the right inhaler is used at the appropriate times.
  • Correct Inhaler Technique: Educate on proper inhaler use to avoid blowing instead of inhaling.
  • Check Expiry Dates: Ensure the inhaler is not expired, as it may lose effectiveness.
Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit four LO7.1, 7.2, 7.3 & 7.4