Allergies and Asthma
The Child Death Overview Panel has reviewed a number of child deaths during 2016/17 which have highlighted that the risk to children from asthma and allergies could be reduced by all professionals and families working together to ensure that each child affected has a clear management plan that is adhered to, reviewed regularly and shared with all caregivers including schools.
Families, Schools, Primary and Secondary Healthcare professionals can access further information including template plans via the following websites:
Inhalers in Schools
From 1st October 2014 the Human Medicines (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 allows schools to buy salbutamol inhalers, without a prescription, for use in emergencies.
The emergency salbutamol inhaler should only be used by children, for whom written parental consent for use of the emergency inhaler has been given, who have either been diagnosed with asthma and prescribed an inhaler, or who have been prescribed an inhaler as reliever medication. The inhaler can be used if the pupil’s prescribed inhaler is not available (for example, because it is broken, or empty).
This change applies to all primary and secondary schools in the UK. Schools are not required to hold an inhaler – this is a discretionary power enabling schools to do this if they wish. Schools which choose to keep an emergency inhaler should establish a policy or protocol for the use of the emergency inhaler based on this guidance:
The LSCB would like to draw all schools’ attention to this guidance on defibrillators in schools, including how to obtain these live saving devices for your school at a subsidised price to help reduce the risk of death from cardiac arrest in children and adults across Kingston and Richmond:
Advice regarding contacts to the London Ambulance Service
The Child Death Overview Panel noted learning that in the event of a medical emergency at school, callers should have a portable phone available to them to call from with the person affected, to enable timely updates on the patients status and to be guided as to first aid. For more advice on contacting the London Ambulance Service in an emergency please read the below documents:
Papyrus has produced a helpful guide for teachers and staff on building suicide-safer schools and colleges which you can access here.