Asthma Action Checklist
By Asthma Australia and Audrey Miller, College Nurse
1. ASTHMA ACTION PLAN
See a doctor for a signed Asthma Action Plan or Care Plan. Radford requires an up-to-date plan for each student with asthma at the start of the new school year.
Evidence tells us that using an Asthma Action Plan can help to reduce hospitalisations, improve lung function and reduce the number of days off school.
While with the doctor, why not combine this with a check-up for your child’s asthma, including a check on their device technique?
2. RELIEVER MEDICATION
Please complete a medication permission form for your child for all medication, including asthma medication.
Parents/ caregivers should ensure that they provide the college nurse with in date medication in the original container in which it was dispensed, clearly labelled with the child's name; the drug's name; the dosage and frequency to be given; the reason the medication is being administered and the prescribing doctor's name and expiry date.
Out of date medications will not be administered. The parents will be informed and requested to replace the medication as soon as possible.
Students are permitted to self-medicate at school in the case of asthma reliever medication.
3. TALK TO COLLEGE STAFF
Make time to talk with the class teacher and the school nurse about your child’s asthma, their Asthma Plan and their usual triggers, symptoms and medication.
Also talk to your child’s sport coaches and supervisors of other school activities. Don’t forget to keep staff up-to-date with any change to your child’s asthma management.
• Go over your child’s Asthma Plan
• Discuss the signs of asthma for your child
• Show them your child’s asthma medication and demonstrate how to use it
• Talk about the extent to which your child can self-manage their asthma
• Provide details of how to contact you when your child has asthma symptoms/uses a reliever medication at school.