Medical News Issue 014
Asthma is a long-term lung condition. People with asthma have sensitive airways in their lungs which react to triggers, causing a ‘flare-up’. In a flare-up, the muscles around the airways squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. These things make it harder to breathe. An asthma flare-up can come on slowly (over hours, days or even weeks) or very quickly (over minutes). A sudden or severe asthma flare-up is sometimes called an asthma attack.
Our school has recently renewed our status as an Asthma Friendly school with the Asthma Foundation WA. One of the criteria for renewal was that all students requiring Asthma medication (reliever puffer) to be administered at school, do so using a spacer and (a mask for under 5 years of age). Our school Asthma Policy reflects this procedure.
Please ensure your child has their medication (reliever puffer), spacer and (a mask for under 5 years of age) clearly marked with their name in their school bag each day. Please do not store these in a plastic bag, a neoprene or paper bag is advised. If your child does not have a spacer or (a mask if required) then the school will need to provide these items for them. The cost of a disposable spacer is $6, a spacer for under 5 years is $16 and a mask is $6. You will be required to reimburse the school for these items.
Thank you for helping us to keep your child safe in an asthma friendly environment.
School Medical Officer