Asthma warning

Asthma Warning

For all medical emergencies dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Ambulance

Be aware of the early danger signs of asthma attacks and seek medical attention if the condition does not respond to prescribed medication.

Recognising the danger signs

People with asthma should follow their asthma action plan and seek help urgently if an asthma attack is more than mild.

Some people may wait too long before calling for an ambulance. It is not uncommon to be called to people who have stopped breathing as a result of asthma.

If a person has signs of severe asthma ie the person cannot talk in sentences, is gasping for breath or has severe chest tightness call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Be aware of the early danger signs of asthma attacks and seek medical attention if the condition does not respond to prescribed medication.

Managing an asthma attack

  • Position the person so that they are sitting upright.
  • Loosen the clothing around their neck and chest.
  • Assist the person to take their prescribed reliever medication as per their asthma action plan.
  • If there is no relief from medication dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Ambulance.
  • Be aware of asthma triggers such as dust, pet fur, allergies, exercise, smoke, stress and weather conditions.

First aid courses

Australia First Aid Services encourages everyone to learn first aid particularly if you are regularly involved in outdoor activities. This can give you the confidence to assist when someone is injured or ill. To enrol in a first aid course contact us on 1300 845 477

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Tools and Asthma Action Plans

Want to know more info?

Asthma Info-line
Do you have a question about asthma?

Use our Online Asthma Enquiry form to ask one of our trained health professionals or telephone the info-line on 1800 ASTHMA (1800 278 462).

This information is a guide only on the understanding that the Australia First Aid Services shall have no liability arising by reason of any person using or relying on the information and whether caused by reason of any error, negligent act, omission or misrepresentation in the information or otherwise.

For further information or class bookings please contact:

Australia First Aid Services on 1300 845 477

For all medical emergencies dial Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for Ambulance