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Implementation of a school emergency asthma bag
  1. Richard J P G Chavasse1,
  2. Tom Coffey2,
  3. Olive Brown-Bampoe3,
  4. Iquo Adebayo4,
  5. Vinodh Kumar5
  1. 1Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Saint George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2Children's Services, NHS Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group, London, UK
  3. 3Merton School Nursing Service, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust Merton, Morden, UK
  4. 4Locality Lead 0-19 Services, NHS Wandsworth, London, UK
  5. 5Saint George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard J P G Chavasse, Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Saint George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London SW17 0QT, UK; richard.chavasse{at}

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Asthma affects 1 in 11 children or approximately 3 children in every classroom. It is a common cause of school absenteeism, impacting on both the child’s education and their parents’ work.1 Asthma attacks may happen during the school day with potential triggers including exercise, stress, infection and the environment.2

Schools should be informed that a child has asthma and hold this information in a register. They should be given a personalised asthma action plan (PAAP) and a rescue short-acting beta agonist (SABA) inhaler (and spacer) for each child. In 2014, an amendment to Schedule 17 of the Human Medicines Regulations Act 2012 allowed schools to obtain an emergency SABA inhaler to use in an emergency if the child’s own inhaler …

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  • Contributors RJPGC, TC, OB-B and IA were involved in the concept, design and data acquisition. VK contributed to the formulation of the asthma bags. RJPGC wrote the initial draft, and TC, OB-B, IA and VK revised the draft and gave the final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.