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….. 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 it 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.
Tomorrow we will look at managing an asthma attack and using a spacer.
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