I was wondering if anyone knew what sort of training first-aiders had in asthma? It's a while since I did first-aid training and I don't remember being told much about asthma.
Whilst I had a very good experience with the ambulance / hospital this week, I had a terrible experience with the university's 'first-aider'. His actions were no less than dangerous.
I was really struggling when I got in to uni - I couldn't speak and my inhaler wasn't helping. I knew I needed an ambulance, but I couldn't actually say 'call an ambulance' and I had no energy to get my letter from my bag. The first-aider had me sit down and announced to the other staff that I was fine, that I didn't need my meds or other help, and that asthma always got better by itself within 30 minutes. He also tried to get me to drink a cold glass of water (I think I knocked it over him - shame...). Of course I wasn't fine and was in trouble 25 or so minutes later and beginning to turn smurf coloured. Thankfully (and I'm scared to think about what might have happened otherwise) another member of staff came in, saw the seriousness of the situation and, possibly risking her job, told the first-aider that she was calling an ambulance. When the ambulance came, they were fantastic, but did question why it had taken so long for them to be called. The first-aider walked off at this point.
Obviously this needs to be addressed because his 'knowledge' could prove fatal to someone else - I'm just wondering how best to do this, as obviously he's learnt this from whatever first-aid course the university sent him on. Also how do you all generally deal with people who are not being helpful and how do you get help from others particularly if things are severe to the stage of not being able to speak? He scared me so much, I don't want to be in that situation again.