Emergency Inhalers in Schools
Did you know that schools may now carry a spare blue asthma reliever inhaler in the fight with asthma?
As you may be aware, schools have previously been unable to keep spare reliever inhalers as the contents are classed as a prescription only medicine. However, following a comprehensive consultation, the law has changed on the 1st October 2014 to allow schools to keep a spare salbutamol reliever inhaler and compatible spacers in case of an emergency.
This legislation change represents a significant adjustment to the management of asthma in schools. Whilst guidance is still to be completed for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The full guidance for England, published by the Department of Health, can be found at :
Guidance on the use of emergency salbutamol inhalers in schools.
Although holding an Emergency spare reliever inhaler is not mandatory for schools, they should be aware that those that do should implement a reasonable asthma policy and protocol and ensure that teachers are properly trained and supported to deal with asthma emergencies.
According to Asthma UK 86% of children with asthma have at some time been without an inhaler in school, having either lost, forgotten, broken or run out of their own, with 20 children of school age dying every year from asthma, we are certain this change to the legislation will be well received.