With more than 5.4 million people living with asthma in the UK today it’s disturbing to know that most fatal asthma attacks don’t occur in hospital.  The good news is that the vast majority of asthma related deaths are entirely preventable. Give your loved ones the best possible chance in case of an unexpected emergency with a pre-arranged health care solution.

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Asthma Infographic


Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes episodes of difficulty breathing. This is caused by the constriction of muscles within the airways, or the irritation of these airways.


  • Someone is admitted to hospital every 7 minutes as a result of asthma. That’s more than 200 people every day.
  • A child is admitted to hospital with asthma once every 18 minutes.
  • Every 10 seconds someone in the UK is having a potentially life threatening asthma attack.
  • In the UK alone, 3 people die every day as a result of asthma related symptoms. 90% of these deaths are preventable.
  • In most asthma related fatalities, victims delayed going to the hospital.
  • 1 in 11 kids have asthma, and 1 in 12 adults battle with the disease.
  • The UK has a higher percentage of kids with asthma than anywhere else in the world.
  • If you don’t have a written personal asthma action, you are four times more likely to end up in hospital than you would be if you had one.


Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, knowing how to effectively manage an asthma attack could result in saving a life. Anyone who suffers from asthma should tackle each stage of an asthma attack according to the following guidelines in order to minimise the potentially dire consequences.

Before an attack:

  1. Asthma symptoms become increasingly severe during the build up to an attack. If you notice this happening over a few days, or you need to use your inhaler more than three times a week, see a doctor within the following twenty-four hours. If you notice a child or family member battling for a number of days, then encourage them to visit the doctor and receive appropriate health care.
  2. Ensure you always have a written personal asthma action plan for others to read in the event of an attack. This should cover all relevant information about your medications, as well as how to identify, manage and reduce your symptoms. This makes the job of the health care professionals much easier and helps to speed up the treatment process. If you witness somebody experiencing at attack, ask them if they have this with them and refer to it immediately.

During an attack:

  1. Sit up straight and prioritise keeping calm.
  2. Take a puff of your reliever inhaler once every 30 – 60 seconds for up to 10 times.
  3. If this doesn’t help improve the situation drastically, call 999 for an ambulance or get to a health care professional immediately (whichever takes less time).
  4. If the ambulance has not arrived after 15 minutes, repeat step 2.

After an attack:

  1. Even if you don’t need to call 999, it’s still vital that you make an urgent appointment to see a doctor.
  2. If you have been prescribed rescue prednisolone tablets by a health care professional, take these as instructed.

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