Info to carry


my new work have suggested a type up a few pointers that first-aiders/managers can read if i'm having an attack in the workplace to help them deal with it effectively. I have my asthma attack card on me but i also have my ways of dealing with it which i've explained but working in a busy office you never know who is going to be available etc if i do take an attack (which can i just add i've NOT taking a single attack since I started this new job!) I have explained a few pointers but they think it would be better in writing. can anyone give me any pointers etc of what to put or if its a good idea?


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  • How about a list of bullet points for symptoms


    Shortness of breath


    then a few do's and don'ts

    e.g. dont hug me/lie me down/shout at me

    then a stepwise kinda treatment approach

    e.g reassurane take inhaler

    more inhaler

    no improvemnet-call 999

    Hope that helps


  • Why not send for one of AUK's asthma attack cards - they serve as a useful summary and you can customise them as to your symptoms and action plan.

  • i always have a list of my meds on me as well so as i dont ave to 'try' and tell ppl/docs/nurses/paramedics it saves a lot of effort when u cant breath!!

    Maybe you could put down additional steps , as well as an asthma attack card of how to manage YOUR asthma i.e.

    1. take reliver

    2. sit me down in an upright position

    3. take 10 puffs through aerochamber

    4. repeat after 1 min

    5.if after 5 min no imporvments i.e. still SOB cant speak full sentances, wheeezy etc call 999

    or any other things that help you

    just an katie xx

  • I've got the asthma attack card its just more info so people don't panic as much. just a way of saying i know it looks scary but it will be fine if i do this, this ad this and please try and stop me panicing as its making me worse

    its know ing how to say that tho?


  • I've been thinkinng about this tonight when trying to type something up - do you think i'm over reacting slightly by writing stuff down etc? I took a mild attack today and one or two people were a bit freaked out but i was okay enough to explain i was fine and it would be sorted quickly.


  • I don't think you're over reacting. All university staff who are likely to come in to contact with me have had a detailed explanation of my medical conditions and what to do if I have an asthma attack, a mild allergic reaction or an anaphylactic reaction. All the relevant info including next of kin and my medication are included on one side of a4 and I know many of my lecturers carry it with them or have it pinned to their noticeboards in their offices.

    My uni disability service suggested I put this info together after an incident in my first year where too many people tried to take control but none of them were really helping. Since then staff have felt much more comfortable about my conditions and are aware that I am able to handle them but if I ask for help they know what to do.

    I think in a way this info has helped me to put my conditions to the back of my mind and get on with things in uni really because I know that those around me know what they are doing. :-)

  • I have the same at college...pretty much everyone i come into contact with on a daily basis has one (even the woman that sits on the desk @ reception)

    Its a good idea

  • I do think its a good idea, i did have something similar at uni so my lecturers etc knew. I suppose it can't do any harm at work. the've said something i can just carry on me but i think if i took an attack and produced soething like that pepole would freak slightly but in the other way i think they would know what to do as well.

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