It happens pretty often that students forget their inhalers (MS). Every time it's happened there was no distress, O2 sats were mid to high 90s, mild wheezing and every other time someone was able to bring the inhaler within a reasonable time. But yesterday I had a student who had some wheezing and chest tightness, O2 93-95% up to 98% with deep breathing. I called dad who said he will bring her inhaler. 30 mins go by, no dad no inhaler, no change in student. I called and he said 15-20 mins. 30 mins go by still no dad. I called for admin to bring me a Coke (it had worked for a previous student) and then I called dad with no answer. I had the secretaries calling him too with no luck for about an hour. She was stable to where I did not feel an ambulance was necessary but I wanted to call one anyway because she was going on 2 hours wheezing and chest tightness. Finally dad shows up. She takes her inhaler, we wait about 5 mins and O2 is up to 99%, clear lungs, no chest tightness. I was so frustrated because this whole thing took 2 hours where I was constantly assessing her for changes while other students are still coming in and out. Had I known it was going to be 2 hours I think I would have called for an ambulance just to get her help sooner. I'm also not going to give them Coke and send them to class because it's definatley not a replacement for their inhaler.
What do you all think of this? Would you have called an ambulance?