…..and usually contained in a blue plastic inhaler. Shake the inhaler, then ask the person to take a single puff from their inhaler. Ask them to then take six breaths before administering another single puff. Repeat the process of one puff to six breaths until six puffs have been completed.
Ideally, the medication is administered via a spacer. We will discuss spacers tomorrow. Where a spacer is not available, use the inhaler alone, use the person’s personal inhaler where possible. If is is not available, it is acceptable to use one from a first aid kit or one provided by someone else. Following the initial six puffs, wait for six minutes. If there is little improvement, offer a further six puffs. If there is still no improvement seen, call the emergency services. Continue to offer six puffs every six minutes until the help arrives.
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 using a space…..
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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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