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What to Do in an Asthma Emergency: A Guide to Helping Someone During an Attack

When someone is having an asthma attack, it is important to act quickly and calmly to help them manage their symptoms and prevent the attack from becoming more severe. Here is a guide for what to do in the event of an asthma emergency:

  1. Encourage them to use their quick-relief medication: If the person has an inhaled bronchodilator, such as albuterol, encourage them to use it as directed. They should shake the inhaler well and take several puffs as directed.

  2. Help them sit upright: Encourage the person to sit upright and take slow, deep breaths. This can help to open their airways and make breathing easier.

  3. Stay calm and reassuring: Asthma attacks can be frightening and it is important to remain calm and reassuring. Provide comfort and support and let the person know that help is on the way.

  4. Call for emergency medical help: If the person's symptoms do not improve after using their quick-relief medication, or if they are having difficulty speaking or breathing, call 911 or the local emergency number immediately.

  5. Monitor breathing and pulse: Keep a close eye on the person's breathing and pulse and be prepared to perform CPR if necessary.

  6. Wait for medical help: Stay with the person until medical help arrives and continue to monitor their breathing and pulse.

It is important to note that individuals with asthma should always carry their quick-relief medication with them and have a written asthma action plan in case of an emergency. It is also important for family members, friends, and coworkers to be aware of the person's condition and know what to do in the event of an emergency.

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