Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Suggestions for Care if Urgent Medical Consultation is Required

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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