Suggestions for care if urgent medical consultation is required:
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- If within a medical facility, immediately notify medical personnel.
- Record vital signs at regular intervals, every 5-15 minutes or when there is a change in child’s status. Do not allow the child to exert him/herself.
- Protect child’s face from cold air.
- Document all areas of assessment, medications taken (drug, doses, route and times), and complications on the patient care report.
- Continue to closely monitor the child’s condition and response to treatment including serial measurements of lung function and oximetry, if technology is available.
- Repeated administration of rapid-acting inhaled ß2-agonists (2 to 4 puffs every 15-20 minutes for first hour) may be provided .
- Inhaled ß2-agonists produce the most rapid relief from acute bronchospasm with the fewest side effects.
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