People with Asthma
|Provide oxygen to all patients with severe asthma, even those with normal oxygenation.
American Heart Association
|Administer oxygen…if patient is in respiratory distress.
American Lung Association, Asthma Emergency Protocol
According to the American Lung Association (“ALA”), there are approximately 22.9 million Americans that have been diagnosed with asthma; 12.4 million had an asthma attack in 2006. Worldwide there are 200 million people with asthma. The ALA states that asthma is the leading chronic illness of children in the United States. In 2006, over 6.8 million children under age 18 had asthma; 4.1 million had an asthma attack that year. The highest asthma prevalence rate was seen in those 5 to 17 years of age (106.3 per 1,000 population). The rate in those under age 18 (92.8 per 1,000) was much greater than those aged 18 to 44 (72.4 per 1,000). The attack prevalence in the overall asthma population was 54% - that means, if you have been diagnosed with asthma you have a 54% likelihood of having an asthma attack in the next 12 months. If however, the person is between the ages of 5 and 17 the attack prevalence increases to 68%.
What are the American Lung Association's guidelines regarding Asthma Emergency Protocols for Children with Asthma?
"Administer oxygen, if available, and patient is in respiratory distress" Download the guidelines here.
What are the NAEPP's guidelines regarding the management of asthma exacerbations in schools?
NAEPP is the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: "Administer oxygen (if appropriate and available)." Download the guidelines here.
What is the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) protocol regarding the management of asthma exacerbations in sports?
In February 2012 the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (“NATA”) published a new position statement and protocols for “Preventing Sudden Death in Sports.” The position statement covers 10 of the main causes of sudden death in organized sports and physical activity, including asthma and exertional sickling. The new NATA treatment protocols recommend that “supplemental oxygen should be offered to improve the athlete’s available oxygenation during asthma attacks.” The protocols further stipulate that “for breathing distress, the sports medicine team should provide supplemental oxygen to help maintain blood oxygen saturation above 92%.” Similarly, the protocols recommend that athletes with known sickle cell trait (SCT) should “…have supplemental oxygen available for training or competition…”
Does OxySure work with inhalers?
Absolutely. Some of our school district customers have already adopted standard protocols that indicate the use of OxySure combine with Epinephrine or Albuterol (or whatever is indicated on the student's chart) in an asthma exacerbation.
Has anyone ever died of an asthma attack?
Yes. According to the American Lung Association there are several thousand asthma fatalities every year. Further, asthma attacks cause immense suffering to the victims. It's like torture. One mom, who described here asthmatic son's ordeal here, said: "For nearly four hours, Sam had been in obvious distress but teachers had not recognized the severity of his condition.... His lungs would have felt like they were being dragged through his stomach. His head would have been pounding because of the lack of oxygen to his brain. And now we know it was preventable. It’s almost unbearable for me to think about that."
Have your organization protected and receive the OxySure Beacon of Safety Award.
The OxySure Beacon of Safety Award is issued by OxySure to our institutional customers who implement OxySure as part of their safety protocols and framework in the organization. The goal of the award is to recognize an organization "for demonstrating a visionary commitment to community safety by implementing safe, non-compressed emergency oxygen systems in its facilities." The OxySure Beacon of Safety Award has three levels of recognition: Silver, Gold, and Platinum and certificates evidencing the grant of each award is issued to those organizations who agree to participate in the initiative.
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