Health experts have called for every school in the UK to stock emergency asthma treatments after a teenage boy collapsed and died in detention at an east London school.
Didn’t he have an inhaler? Or Epipen?
Staff who fought to save him had access to an inhaler and EpiPen from Nasar’s personal medical box for five minutes before paramedics arrived, but were unsure whether to use them.
Giving evidence at Poplar Coroner’s Court, Dr Chinedu Nwokoro, a consultant and clinical academic in paediatric respiratory medicine at Barts Health NHS Trust, called for a change to advice over the use of adrenaline injectors such as EpiPens.
He said: “If (a patient) has got respiratory compromise, give it; if (they) lose consciousness, give it; if there is any doubt, give it. It’s not wrong.”
Coroner Mary Hassell said she would be making a number of prevention of future deaths reports and suggested she would be writing to the chief medical officer to highlight the issues and her concerns.
So expensive equipment will be supplied to each school unnecessarily, while the real problem – the reluctance of teaching staff to do anything their union haven’t cleared them to do – will go ignored.