The National Asthma Council Australia has updated its popular "First Aid for Asthma chart" and launched a new "Kids' First Aid for
Asthma chart, with advice reflecting the latest evidence and medications. Both charts clearly outline the established 4 step process for handling an asthma attack using typical reliever medications such as Ventolin, Asmol or Airomir, including treatment information as well as practical advice on how to help someone in physical distress use their asthma inhaler correctly and when to call an ambulance. For the first time, the First Aid for Asthma chart also includes an alternate treatment column showing in detail how Bricanyl or Symbicort can be used in an emergency, even if this is not the patient's standard medication. The charts can be downloaded from the National Asthma Council Australia website.