Emergency Inhalers in Schools

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EMERGENCY INHALERS IN SCHOOLS
Did you know that the blue asthma reliever inhaler is getting a new leading position in schools in England?

As you may be aware, schools have previously been unable to keep spare reliever inhalers as the contents are classed as a prescription only medicine. However, following a comprehensive consultation, the law will change on 1st October 2014 to allow schools in England to keep a spare salbutamol reliever inhaler and compatible spacers in case of an emergency.

This legislation change represents a significant adjustment to the management of asthma in schools. The full guidance from the Department of Health can be found here: Guidance on the use of emergency salbutamol inhalers in schools.

Although holding a spare reliever inhaler is not mandatory for schools, Centres should be aware that those that do must implement a reasonable asthma policy/protocol and ensure that teachers are properly trained and supported to deal with asthma emergencies.

According to Asthma UK, 86% of children with asthma have at some time been without an inhaler in school, having either lost, forgotten, broken or run out of their own. With 20 children of school age dying every year from asthma, we are certain this change to the legislation will be well received!