Long desc: Asthma/Wheezing/Difficulty Breathing flowchart
- A student with asthma/wheezing may have breathing difficulties which include:
- wheezing - high-pitched sound during breathing out;
- rapid breathing;
- flaring (widening) of nostrils;
- increased use of stomach and chest muscles during breathing;
- tightness in chest; and/or
- excessive coughing.
- If available, refer to student’s health or emergency care plan.
- Does student have guardian-approved medication?
- If yes, Administer medication as directed.
- If no, then...
- Encourage the student to sit quietly, breathe slowly and deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth.
- Did breathing difficulty develop rapidly? Are the lips, tongue, or nail beds turning blue? Are symptoms not improving or getting worse?
- If yes, CALL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 911.
- If no, Contact responsible school authority and parent/legal guardian.