Nurses can now access asthma plans in 10 different languages including Arabic and Polish to help patients who do not speak English better manage their condition.
The free resources have been made available by charity Asthma UK, which has translated its popular asthma action plan.
“The translated action plans aim to provide more accessible asthma care, advice and support”
The plan is now available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Farsi, Kurdish, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi and Urdu.
Asthma UK is encouraging nurses and other professionals to download and print the plans for patients who speak little or no English.
Research shows using a written action plan means a patient is four times less likely to be admitted to hospital for asthma, noted the charity.
However, it highlighted that more than half of asthma sufferers – 58% – do not currently have a plan.
The plans were translated with the help of Dr Robin Carr, from Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and have been approved by multi-lingual professionals.
Michael Clarke, director of advice and content at Asthma UK, urged nurses and other professionals to make use of the translated documents.
“Every 10 seconds someone in the UK is having a potentially fatal asthma attack, and three people die every day,” he said.
“The translated action plans aim to provide more accessible asthma care, advice and support to people with asthma whose first language is not English,” said Mr Clarke.
“We also hope that healthcare professionals feel better supported to help their non-English speaking patients to manage their asthma,” he added.