Tuesday 22 May 2018

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The five step rule is vital for saving lives among asthmatics. Photo: Asthma Society of Ireland.
The five step rule is vital for saving lives among asthmatics. Photo: Asthma Society of Ireland.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Only 7 per cent of asthmatics know all the symptoms of an asthma attack, according to the Asthma Society of Ireland (ASI).

One person dies every week in Ireland as a result of their asthma.

But 90pc of these deaths are preventable, the ASI says.

The CEO of the Asthma Society of Ireland, Sarah O’Connor said: “It is troubling to think that so few asthmatics know all the symptoms of an asthma attack, placing them at huge risk of a serious attack which can be fatal."

"Therefore, it is vital that all asthmatics and their carers learn the symptoms of an asthma attack and the 5 Step Rule so that they are fully prepared. It really could be the difference between life and death."

The five step rule:

1. Stay calm. Sit up straight - do not lie down.

2. Take slow steady breaths.

3. Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue) every minute.

Use a spacer if available.

                People over 6 years can take up to 10 puffs in 10 minutes.

                Children under 6 can take up to 6 puffs in 10 minutes.

4. Call 112 or 999 if your symptoms do not improve after 10 minutes.

5. Repeat step 3 if an ambulance has not arrived in 10 minutes.

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