Paediatric 12 Hour First Aid Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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What to do in an Asthma Emergency

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Responding to an Asthma Attack: Emergency Steps and Precautions

Understanding the Urgency of Asthma Attacks

An asthma attack is a critical medical emergency due to the risk of oxygen deprivation. Prompt action is essential to restore healthy oxygen flow.

Effects of Oxygen Deprivation

Oxygen deprivation can cause faintness, loss of consciousness, and even brain cell death within minutes, leading to potential brain damage or death.

Immediate Actions During an Asthma Attack

  • Calming the person to reduce stress and strain on the body.
  • Ensuring they sit down to relieve physical stress and aid breathing.
  • Assisting with their prescribed medication, typically inhalers.

Using Inhalers Correctly

Inhalers relax the muscles in the bronchioles, improving air flow. Advise the person to use their reliever inhaler every 30 to 60 seconds, up to 10 times.

When to Call for an Ambulance

Call for emergency services if symptoms worsen after using the inhaler 10 times, the person doesn't have an inhaler, or falls unconscious.

Additional Emergency Measures

  • Loosening tight clothing around the neck.
  • Staying on the phone with emergency services until help arrives.
  • Starting resuscitation if the person becomes unconscious.


Recognizing and appropriately responding to an asthma attack can save lives. Calming the person, assisting with medication, and knowing when to call for help are crucial steps.