…..often worse in the morning or at night.
A person experiencing these issues should seek advice from their doctor. Where any of the following indicators are evident, call the emergency services for urgent help:
- talking becomes difficult, and the person cannot speak more than a couple of words per breath
- a rapid heartbeat and the person is complaining of severe chest tightness
- a blue discolouration appears around the lips and fingernails
- walking becomes difficult
- the person displays flared nostrils as they breathe
- their ribs draw inwards as they breathe, sucking in of their throat as they gasp for air. Exaggerated use of chest and shoulder muscles becoming increasingly distressed and anxious
PLEASE NOTE: A severe asthma attack may develop very quickly; however, it can develop over several days.
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Tomorrow we will look at managing an asthma attack and the actions to take…..
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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