…..T is for Treat the person using their reliever medication.
H is for Help, if the attack is severe, they are frightened, or their condition is not improving, call for medical assistance immediately, CALL 111. Encourage the person to continue using their reliever medication until help arrives.
M is for Monitor, if an improvement is seen in the person’s condition, monitor them for ongoing changes and repeat the reliever medication cycle as required.
A is for All OK, a person is only ever OK when they are free from wheezing, coughing and breathlessness. If their condition deteriorates again, repeat the treatment outlined above and encourage them to rest. A person should always consult their doctor following an asthma attack.
When assessing the severity of an asthma attack, the following can be used as a guide:
- Mild – shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing and has chest tightness.
- Moderate – a loud wheeze may be heard, breathing difficulty seen, and the person can only speak in short sentences.
- Severe – the person is distressed, gasping for breath, and having difficulty speaking more than two words at a time. The person becomes blue around the lips.
Please note: A severe Asthma attack may develop very quickly; however, it can develop over several days.
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