5 Step Rule to save a life in Leitrim - Asthma Society ‘World Asthma Day’ 2018

The Asthma Society of Ireland is calling on Leitrim’s 3,062 asthmatics to avail of Boot’s Lets Breathe Easy Clinics during the month of May

Fiona Heavey


Fiona Heavey

5 Step Rule to save a life in Leitrim - Asthma Society ‘World Asthma Day’ 2018

Words to describe an asthma attack

Only 7% of asthmatics in Leitrim know all the symptoms of an asthma attack, according to the Asthma Society of Ireland. 

There are 3,062  asthmatics living in County Leitrim. One person dies a week in Ireland as a result of their asthma, but 90% of these deaths are preventable. To mark the global World Asthma Day, the Society wants everyone to learn the symptoms of an asthma attack and the 5 Step Rule to save a life in Leitrim.

A recent Asthma Society survey of over 1,100 asthmatics, supported by both GSK & Boots Ireland, has revealed an alarming gap in knowledge around managing asthma and the resulting asthma attacks.

- Only 7% of asthmatics know all asthma symptoms when surveyed

- 27% of asthmatics do not consider daily use of their reliever inhaler as an indication that they are at risk of an asthma attack

- Almost half of asthmatics would not see a health care professional after having an attack

- 20% do not know that exposure to known asthma triggers is putting oneself at risk of an asthma attack

- Only one in five asthmatics know it is safe to have 10 puffs of reliever inhaler during an asthma attack

- Less than 5% of asthmatics know they must see a Healthcare Professional if they using their reliever inhaler more than twice a week

Boots Let’s Breathe Easy Clinics

During the month of May, Boot’s pharmacies will be offering free asthma consultations in their store in  Leitrim. These consultations will allow asthmatics to discuss their use of asthma medicines and inhaler technique, to ensure they are getting the most impact from their medication. These consultations will also provide advice to asthmatics on how to better manage their condition, allowing them to live a fuller life. The Asthma Society’s 5 Step Rule wallet cards will also be available from Boots stores during May, ensuring that people are better prepared if they or a family member ever have an asthma attack.

5 Step Rule

1.Stay calm. Sit up straight - do not lie down.

2.Take slow steady breaths.

3.Take one puff of your reliever inhaler (usually blue) every minute.
Use a spacer if available.

                People over 6 years can take up to 10 puffs in 10 minutes.Children under 6 can take up to 6 puffs in 10 minutes.

4. Call 112 or 999 if your symptoms do not improve after 10 minutes.
Repeat step 3 if an ambulance has not arrived in 10 minutes.

5.Remember, if someone is having an asthma attack:

Do not leave them on their own.
Extra puffs of reliever inhaler (usually blue) are safe.

Symptoms of an asthma attack: wheezing, continuous coughing, chest tightness, shallow breathing, lips turning blue, difficulty finishing sentences.


The Asthma Society has launched its new website www.asthma.ie , to celebrate World Asthma Day.  

The Society runs a free Adviceline on 1800 44 54 64. Callers can speak to an asthma specialist nurse to get practical advice about managing their asthma or their child’s asthma.