Guidance on the use of emergency salbutamol inhalers in schools

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 September 2014
Subject(s)
Health Services, Children and Young People, Education and Skills
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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From 1 October 2014 UK schools will be allowed to purchase a salbutamol inhaler without a prescription for use in emergencies when a child with asthma cannot access their own inhaler. Keeping an inhaler for emergency use will have many benefits. It could prevent an unnecessary and traumatic trip to hospital for a child, and potentially save their life. Parents are likely to have greater peace of mind about sending their child to school. Having a protocol that sets out how and when the inhaler should be used will also protect staff by ensuring they know what to do in the event of a child having an asthma attack.

This guidance will give schools that choose to keep an emergency inhaler the basis to create a policy or protocol for using it.