After checking for any dangers.
After you assisted with the original dose of the blue inhaler (reliever) his condition is getting worse and he has become very destressed and is gasping for breath.
Assist him to take 1 puff of the reliever into the spacer and to take 6 deep breaths every minute until 6 puffs have been given. Repeating if necessary whilst waiting for the arrival of the ambulance.
(If no spacer available, take 1 puff every minute for 6 minutes)
Stay with them and reassure them whilst monitoring their condition.
Here is a picture that shows you what is happening to the airway when someone is having an asthma attack:
Here is a link to Asthma NZ for further information.
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