Legislation changes mean schools are carrying inhalers

27th May 2015

From the 01 October 2014 the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No.

2) Regulations 2014 has allowed schools to obtain salbutamol inhalers without a prescription for use in the event of an emergency. This change means any pupil who has asthma or who has been prescribed an inhaler as reliever medication but does not have it available will be able to use medication provided by their school in the event of an emergency. The Department of Health has stated this change applies to all primary and secondary schools and we welcome it as it could potentially save lives; inhalers are easily lost or broken but are essential in the event of asthma-related breathing difficulties. We offer a bitesize Asthma Awareness training course which will equip your staff with the relevant skills and knowledge should they be faced with an asthma-related emergency. In addition, we offer a bitesize Recognition and Management of Anaphylaxis training course that compliments our asthma training and can equip your team to deal with a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that can develop rapidly. Stop by and say -hello Full details on the range of training we offer can be found on our website - www.firstaid-yas.co.uk - and you'll also find a range of free learning materials available for you and your team to download and use. If you'd prefer to give us a call, you can get in touch on 0300 3305449 or alternatively please feel free to drop our friendly team an email at firstaid@yas.nhs.uk We hope to hear from you soon; together we can save lives. ​ Commercial and Community Education Team denise.moorwood@yas.nhs.uk

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