Hi I am a newbie. I was just wondering if anybody could explain what a respiratory arrest is? I had an asthma attack and the ambulance staff thought I had stopped breathing, even though I was on 6L of oxygen, and they said I went unconscious and rushed me to hospital, but I came around and my oxygen went up and in Recuss I got better with iv aminophyllin and iv salbutamol and other things and I didn't end up in ICU this time. Is it a respiratory arrest if you come around on your own? I didn't get ventilated or anything.