A guide to the use of emergency inhalers in schools

Asthma Inhaler use in School
Asthma Inhaler use in School
On the 1st of October there was a change in the law regulating medicines in the UK Schools can now have an emergency reliever Salbutamol inhaler for children who have asthma and an agreed care plan for the condition Children still have to have their own reliever inhaler with them but if it fails to work or they have forgotten it schools can administer the emergency inhaler as long as the child has a current care plan for the condition The emergency salbutamol inhaler should only be used by children for whom written parental consent for use of the emergency inhaler has been given who have either been diagnosed with asthma and prescribed an inhaler or who have been prescribed an inhaler as reliever medication
On the 1st of October there was a change in the law regulating medicines in the UK. Schools can now have an emergency reli...
The department of Health has produced a guidance for schools on Emergency inhaler use
The department of Health has produced a guidance for schools on Emergency inhaler use.
What do schools have to do if they want an emergency inhaler
What do schools have to do if they want an emergency inhaler
From 1st October 2014 the Human Medicines Amendment No 2 Regulations 2014 will allow schools to buy salbutamol inhalers without a prescription for use in emergencies This change applies to all primary and secondary schools in the UK Schools are not required to hold an inhaler this is a discretionary power enabling schools to do this if they wish Schools which choose to keep an emergency inhaler should establish a policy or protocol for the use of the emergency inhaler based on this guidance
From 1st October 2014 the Human Medicines  Amendment   No. 2  Regulations 2014 will allow schools to buy salbutamol inhale...
The protocol could be incorporated into a wider medical conditions policy which will be required by Supporting Pupils from 1st September 2014 The protocol should include the following on which this guidance provides advice arrangements for the supply storage care and disposal of the inhaler and spacers in line with the schools policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions having a register of children in the school that have been diagnosed with asthma or prescribed a reliever inhaler a copy of which should kept with the emergency inhaler having written parental consent for use of the emergency inhaler included as part of a child s individual healthcare plan ensuring that the emergency inhaler is only used by children with asthma with written parental consent for its use appropriate support and training for staff in the use of the emergency inhaler in line with the schools wider policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions keeping a record of use of the emergency inhaler as required by Supporting pupils and informing parents or carers that their child has used the emergency inhaler having at least two volunteers responsible for ensuring the protocol is followed
The protocol could be incorporated into a wider medical conditions policy which will be required by Supporting Pupils from...
HOW TO RECOGNISE AN ASTHMA ATTACK
HOW TO RECOGNISE AN ASTHMA ATTACK
The signs of an asthma attack are Persistent cough when at rest A wheezing sound coming from the chest when at rest Difficulty breathing the child could be breathing fast and with effort using all accessory muscles in the upper body Nasal flaring Unable to talk or complete sentences Some children will go very quiet May try to tell you that their chest feels tight younger children may express this as tummy ache
The signs of an asthma attack are    Persistent cough  when at rest      A wheezing sound coming from the chest  when at r...
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN ASTHMA ATTACK
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF AN ASTHMA ATTACK
Keep calm and reassure the child Encourage the child to sit up and slightly forward Use the child s own inhaler if not available use the emergency inhaler Remain with the child while the inhaler and spacer are brought to them Immediately help the child to take two separate puffs of salbutamol via the spacer If there is no immediate improvement continue to give two puffs at a time every two minutes up to a maximum of 10 puffs Stay calm and reassure the child Stay with the child until they feel better The child can return to school activities when they feel better If the child does not feel better or you are worried at ANYTIME before you have reached 10 puffs CALL 999 FOR AN AMBULANCE If an ambulance does not arrive in 10 minutes give another 10 puffs in the same way
   Keep calm and reassure the child     Encourage the child to sit up and slightly forward     Use the child   s own inhal...
Risks
Risks
Salbutamol Salbutamol is a relatively safe medicine particularly if inhaled but all medicines can have some adverse effects Those of inhaled salbutamol are well known tend to be mild and temporary and are not likely to cause serious harm The child may feel a bit shaky or may tremble or they may say that they feel their heart is beating faster The main risk of allowing schools to hold a salbutamol inhaler for emergency use is that it may be administered inappropriately to a breathless child who does not have asthma It is essential therefore that schools ensure that the inhaler is only used by children who have asthma or who have been prescribed a reliever inhaler and for whom written parental consent has been given
Salbutamol Salbutamol is a relatively safe medicine, particularly if inhaled, but all medicines can have some adverse effe...