Returning Students Safely To School
ADVICE FOR STUDENTS WITH ASTHMA
RETURNING TO SCHOOL - RIGHT OR WRONG?
Going back to school may be an important part of mental and emotional health, and this should be considered by families and students when weighing up the pros and cons of returning to school. Asthma NZ realise that this is a very stressful decision for parents and students, particularly those with asthma. Asthma NZ have provided a number of things to consider below.
ASTHMA NZ ENCOURAGE VACCINATION
SCHOOLS ARE BEING ASKED BY ASTHMA NZ NOT TO CARRY OUT PEAK FLOW TESTS IN THE SCHOOL CLINIC DURING A PANDEMIC
ASTHMA CONTROL TESTS (ACT)
ASTHMA SYMPTOM DIARY
GOOD ASTHMA CONTROL DURING COVID 19
- Taking a Preventer medication as prescribed by a G.P
- Ensure you are taking your preventer medication as prescribed twice daily or daily if on Breo.
- Using a Reliever (Blue) inhaler when necessary. If they/you are not taking a Preventer, please seek advice from your G.P about commencing one, especially if you require reliever medication more than twice a week.
- Check inhalers are not empty. When an inhaler is full it should feel heavy and when you shake it next to your ear it should sound like liquid moving. If getting empty, it should feel very light and when shaken to the ear, an inhaler makes a gritty/sandy like noise. Inhaler should be discarded and new inhaler started. Inhalers should not be used as they near empty, as there is more propellant than medication so this will mean less medication than prescribed. If in doubt throw it out once you have a replacement.
- Carry appropriate emergency medication with you.
- Check all medication is in date; fill repeat prescriptions if necessary or arrange new ones through your G.P. This can often be done without actually needing to see a G.P.
- Use metered dose inhalers with a spacer (contact Asthma NZ 0800 227 328 if you don’t have one.)
- If you are unsure of device technique, please check with your G.P, pharmacist, or a nurse at Asthma NZ.
- Follow your Asthma Action Plan. If they/you do not have one, please see your GP for one. Regular check-ups are important.
- Make sure you know what to do in the event of an asthma emergency. For advice go to www.asthma.org.nz
- If any students require a new spacer/peak flow monitor, emergency magnet or asthma action plan brochure or any further advice, please contact Asthma NZ directly. Free call 0800 227 328. Extra information and informative posts can be found on our social media platforms – follow us on Facebook, Instagram and You-Tube here.
IS YOUR YOUNG PERSON TAKING ONLY SALBUTUMOL?
LOOKING AFTER YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
DON'T SHARE / STAND IN THE PATH OF A VAPE EXHALE FROM A USER
We know that vaping is something many young people are doing. Naturally we advise against vaping as we would prefer that the only thing that goes into lungs is oxygen. However, if vaping is something that YOU ARE AWARE is happening, please do not share vapes and avoid standing in the cloud that someone breathes out.
ATTENDING SCHOOL IN DIFFERENT REGIONS & LEVELS
CORRECT INHALER USE
It is imperative that families and students are aware of exactly what inhaler they are taking and why? There is a big difference between relievers and preventers and it is crucial that families seek help from ASTHMA NZ around education but also for us to help re-assure you that you are following the prescribed inhaler use so that over-use does not also cause a bigger problem than what you are trying to resolve.
MAINTAINING YOUR DISTANCE
Maintain social distancing rules, wearing a mask when outside of your home, and practice good hand hygiene and use of the Covid-19 Tracer app are all ways you can keep yourself safe.
DO YOU HAVE AN ASTHMA MANAGEMENT PLAN?
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY!
Always a good thing to know as we believe in being prepared for worst outcomes but expecting the best. Educate yourself on what you need to know as a parent or student.
REFER YOURSELF TO ASTHMA NZ
Asthma New Zealand nurse educators provide FREE education, training and support to individuals with asthma/COPD and their families, in order that they may achieve their desired goals. Refer to us. Your GP, school nurse or even you can refer yourself FREE.
KNOW WHERE YOUR LOCAL ASTHMA SOCIETY IS
There should be help, advice and support in a town near you. Click Here
WE ARE HERE TO HELP
Click here to seek a nurse educators help HERE