Health conditions

Asthma first aid plan

All severe or life threatening asthma attacks require urgent medical attention.

Always dial triple zero (000) to call an ambulance in a medical emergency, then:

  1. Sit the person upright and reassure them. Do not leave them alone.
  2. Give one puff of the blue reliever medication. Take 4 breaths in and out. Use the puffer on its own if no spacer is available.
  3. Repeat 3 times, so that you have given a total of 4 puffs.
  4. Wait 4 minutes.
  5. Keep giving the blue reliever medication one puff at a time until the ambulance arrives.

Where to get help

  • For emergency or life-threatening conditions, visit an emergency department or dial triple zero (000) to call an ambulance
  • See your doctor
  • Visit a GP after hours
  • Visit healthdirect (external site) or call 1800 022 222


Child and Adolescent Health Service – Community Health (CAHS CH)

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