An asthma attack can be very serious so if you or someone else is having difficulty with their breathing  – call 000 straight away if it appears to be severe:


  • Cannot speak a full sentence
  • Sitting hunched forward
  • Tugging in of skin over chest/throat
  • May have a cough or wheeze
  • Obvious difficulty breathing
  • Lethargic
  • Sore tummy (young children)

This is a link to a typical asthma management plan used for school children.   It is the same for adults except for the number of puffs of Ventolin  which can be up to 12 per dose.


If there is still no improvement call emergency assistance Dial Triple Zero “000” Say ‘ambulance’ and that someone is having an asthma attack.  Keep giving puffs every 4 minutes until emergency assistance arrives


Commence CPR at any time if person is unresponsive and not breathing normally.


For Emergency contact details