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Asthma – 4 Steps of Asthma First Aid

Tis the Season – Spring – albeit a bit late! Lots of spring flowers and lots grass pollen out and about.

Grass pollen season brings a seasonal increase in asthma and hay fever and also the chance of epidemic thunderstorm asthma. Epidemic thunderstorm asthma events are thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high grass pollen levels and a certain type of thunderstorm, causing a large number of people to develop Asthma symptoms over a short period of time. These don’t happen every year but when they do, they can happen during grass pollen season, which is normally from October through to December.

Below are 4 steps of Asthma first aid:

1. Sit the person upright

2. Give 4 separate puffs of blue/grey reliever puffer

  • Shake puffer
  • Put 1 puff into spacer 
  • Take 4 breaths from spacer
  • Repeat until 4 puffs have been taken
  • Remember: shake, 1 puff, 4 breaths
    OR give 2 separate doses of a Bricanyl inhaler (age 6 & over) or a Symbicort inhaler (over 12)

3. Wait 4 minutes - if there is no improvement, give 4 more separate puffs of bluegrey reliever as above OR give 1 more dose of Bricanyl or Symbicort inhaler

4. If there is still no improvement dial TRIPLE ZERO (000) for an ambulance, if in the bush, use your Emergency+ app. This app has your location on your phone screen. Keep giving 4 separate puff every 4 minutes until emergency assistance arrive, OR 1 dose of Bricanyl or Symbicort every 4 minutes - up to 3 more doses of Symbicort.

Call emergency assistance immediately if:

  • If the person is not breathing
  • If the person's Asthma suddenly becomes worse, or is not improving
  • If the person is having an Asthma attack and a reliever is not available
  • If you are not sure if it's Asthma
  • If the person is known to have Anaphylaxis - follow their Anaphylaxis Action Plan, then give Asthma First Aid. Blue/grey reliever medication is unlikely to harm, even if the person does not have Asthma.

Any hikers please keep a medical history form with all details in a waterproof container in your backpack. Advise your walk leader if you suffer from Asthma, even if it is occasional.

You can also download the VicEmergency app and set up a "watch zone" for your location to receive advise and warnings about potential Asthma events during the spring and grass pollen season.

Source:  Asthma Australia & Victoria State Goverment


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Bushwalking News 280 - October 2017

This Newsletter covers:

  • Update on the AAAS
  • Clubs requiring a speaker
  • Bushwalking Safety Committee
  • BWV's New Website
  • Bush, Track & Conservation news
  • ParkConnect
  • Update - Adopt-A-Track
  • Invitation - end to end walk of McMillan's Walking Track
  • Bush Search and Rescue update
  • Being a child safe club

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10 Snacking Ideas for Bushwalkers

 With spring among us, and the weather warming up (hopefully), we're sure your walking will become a lot more frequent!

Food for the trail is one of the most important factors, but it can be the most confusing. What snacks to pack that will last, aren't too heavy and will give you the energy boost you need? Here are 10 of our favourites:

Chocolate – packed with high energy due to the amount of sugar, you can beat fatigue with a chocolate bar. Cacao contains caffeine and the fat in cocoa butter becomes burnable fuel when active. In summer, opt for chocolate sultanas as they are less likely to melt. Melt a bar of chocolate for a cup of hot coco in winter to keep you feeling fuzzy inside.

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