Asthma causes the muscles inside the lungs’ air passages to go into spasm and the linings of your airways to swell. Because this results in a narrowing of the airways, breathing becomes difficult. Asthma can be triggered by specific things such as:
- Cigarette smoke
- A cold
- Extreme hot or cold temperatures
Asthma sufferers usually have their own blue reliever inhaler, however someone experiencing their first attack or without an inhaler may need your help. If you suspect someone is having an asthma attack, look out for wheezing, difficulty breathing, coughing, difficulty speaking and signs of hypoxia, such as a blue tinge to the lips. When treating an asthma attack, your first priority should be to ease the casualty’s breathing and keep them calm. Encourage them to use their inhaler if they have one. The person treating an asthma attack should encourage the casualty to breathe deeply and slowly, getting them into a comfortable sitting position. Use of their inhaler should ease a mild asthma attack, but if it doesn’t, they should take one to two puffs every two minutes until they have had 10 puffs. If their symptoms get worse or if the inhaler has no effect, you should call 999.
Have you had an asthma attack?
If you have suffered an asthma attack in a public place and nobody came to your aid, are you eligible to claim compensation? It depends on your individual circumstances and where your attack took place. In places like shopping centres, where first-aiders should be on hand in the event of an emergency, failure to assist you could be classed as negligence. In some cases, a first-aider may assist you but do something which makes your attack worse. You should contact a personal injury lawyer if you feel you may be able to claim compensation.
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