To ensure that Laburnum Primary School appropriately supports students diagnosed with asthma.
To explain to Laburnum Primary School parents/carers, staff and students the processes and procedures in place to support students diagnosed with asthma.
This policy applies to:
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 airway squeeze tight, the airways swell and become narrow and there is more mucus. This makes it hard 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.
Symptoms of asthma can vary over time and often vary from person to person. The most common asthma symptoms are:
Symptoms often occur at night, early in the morning or during/just after physical activity. If asthma is well controlled, a person should only have occasional asthma symptoms.
A trigger is something that sets off or starts asthma symptoms. Everyone with asthma has different triggers. For most people with asthma, triggers are only a problem when asthma is not well controlled with medication. Common asthma triggers include:
· smoke (cigarette smoke, wood smoke from open fires, burn-offs or bushfires)
· extreme weather, including changes such as thunderstorms and cold, dry air
· house dust mites
· animals such as cats and dogs
· chemicals such as household cleaning products
· deodorants (including perfumes, after-shaves, hairspray and
aerosol deodorant sprays) and srong scents
· food chemicals/additives
· certain medications (including aspirin and anti-inflammatories)
· hay fever
· laughter or emotions, such as stress
· air quality
If a student diagnosed with asthma enrols at Laburnum Primary School:
Student asthma kit
All students diagnosed with asthma are required to have a student asthma kit at school which contains:
Student asthma kits will be stored the First Aid room.
Asthma emergency response plan
If a student is:
School staff will endeavour to follow the Asthma First Aid procedures outlined in the table below. School staff may contact Triple Zero “000” at any time.
Sit the person upright
· Be calm and reassuring
· Do not leave them alone
· Seek assistance from another staff member or reliable student to locate the student’s reliever, the Asthma Emergency Kit and the student’s Asthma Action Plan (if available).
· If the student’s action plan is not immediately available, use the Asthma First Aid as described in Steps 2 to 5.
Give 4 separate puffs of blue or blue/grey reliever puffer:
· Shake the puffer
· Use a spacer if you have one
· Put 1 puff into the spacer
· Take 4 breaths from the spacer
Remember – Shake, 1 puff, 4 breaths
Wait 4 minutes
· If there is no improvement, give 4 more separate puffs of blue/grey reliever as above
(or give 1 more dose of Bricanyl or Symbiocort inhaler)
If there is still no improvement call Triple Zero “000” and ask for an ambulance.
· Tell the operator the student is having an asthma attack
· Keep giving 4 separate puffs every 4 minutes until emergency assistance arrives
(or 1 dose of Bricanyl or Symbicort every 4 minutes – up to 3 doses of Symbicort)
|5.||If asthma is relieved after administering Asthma First Aid, stop the treatment and observe the student. Notify the student’s emergency contact person and record the incident|
Staff will call Triple Zero “000” immediately if:
Training for staff
Laburnum Primary School will arrange the following asthma management training for staff:
|Staff||Completed by||Course||Provider||Cost||Valid for|
|School staff with a direct teaching role with students affected by asthma or other school staff directed by the principal after conducting a risk assessment.||
Asthma first aid management for education staff (non-accredited)
One hour face-to-face or online training.
|Asthma Australia||Free to all schools||3 years|
|Staff working with high risk children with a history of severe asthma, or with direct student wellbeing responsibility, (including nurses, PE/sport teachers, first aid and school staff attending camp)||
Course in Management of Asthma Risks and Emergencies in the Workplace 22282VIC (accredited)
Course in Emergency Asthma Management 10392NAT
|Any RTO that has this course in their scope of practice||Paid by Laburnum Primary School||3 years|
Laburnum Primary School will also conduct an annual briefing for staff on the procedures outlined in this policy:
Laburnum Primary School will also provide this policy to casual relief staff and volunteers who will be working with students, and may also provide a briefing if the principal decides it is necessary depending on the nature of the work being performed.
Asthma Emergency Kits
Laburnum Primary School will provide and maintain at least two Asthma Emergency Kits. One kit will be kept on school premises in the first aid room/front office.
We also have Emergency Asthma kits throughout the school in the following location, rooms 12, 19, 31, 33 and the P.E office.
All yard duty bags have reliever medication and disposable spacers in them for emergency use.
There is a first aid kit that can be used as a mobile kit for activities such as:
The Asthma Emergency Kit will contain:
The first aid officer will monitor and maintain the Asthma Emergency Kits. They will:
The blue or blue/grey reliever medication in the Asthma Emergency Kits may be used by more than one student as long as they are used with a spacer. If the devices come into contact with someone’s mouth, they will not be used again and will be replaced.
After each use of a blue or blue/grey reliever (with a spacer):
Management of confidential medical information
Confidential medical information provided to Laburnum Primary School to support a student diagnosed with asthma will be:
This policy will be available on Laburnum Primary School’s website so that parents and other members of the school community can easily access information about Laburnum Primary School’s asthma management procedures.
Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma
Laburnum Primary School will be prepared to act on the warnings and advice from the Department of Education and Training when the risk of epidemic thunderstorm asthma is forecast as high.
This policy was last updated on 7 June 2021 and is scheduled for review annually.
Noted by School Council: 22 June 2021