Choking kills but it can be avoided

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Recognize a choking victim at a reasonable time and save him from collateral damage or death.

Do something to save a choking victim

Indeed choking kills but it can be avoided if you have a grasp of the fundamentals on how to save a person’s life from choking. Congratulate your star if no choking incident happens in an area with people where all are ignorant about CPR (Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) or the Heimlich Maneuver, and miles away from the nearest hospital. But if it occurs don’t shirk the responsibility. It’s your solemn and moral obligation to help save a life. Do all possible means to get the foreign body off the choking victim.
CREDIT: Do First Aid on a Choking Baby/

First Aid

Time is of the essence in choking cases. In a matter of minutes, the choking person’s brain may suffer damages or he may die, especially in cases of total or complete choking so first aid must be applied at once to avert untoward collateral damages. Along this line through Dr. John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP, has this to say, “When someone is choking with a completely blocked airway, no oxygen can enter the lungs. The brain is extremely sensitive to this lack of oxygen and begins to die within four to six minutes. It is during this time that first aid must take place. Irreversible brain death occurs in as little as 10 minutes.” Dr. Cunha adds, “Without first aid, the lack of airflow can cause serious brain damage or even death by asphyxiation.”
CREDIT: How to Perform the Heimlich Manem uver: 8 Steps/

Causes of choking

Speaking of humans, choking happens to all persons regardless of race, color or creed. It can take place in old persons down to small babies, regardless of age. It happens when something blocks a person’s airway so he can’t breathe. The victim struggles to get air to be able to breathe. His face turns ashen and eyes are full of tears.

  • In adults choking is caused by long slices of food usually meat that got stuck in the throat and can’t be swallowed down the stomach. In countries like the Philippines choking is likely to happen to both adults and children, especially during the months from July to October when the santol or cotton fruits are in season. Santol seeds especially the fleshy and sweet ones tend to be swallowed rather than be spit out, so there’s danger for bigger seeds to get stuck and block the airway.

  • In children and babies, choking is caused by them putting objects in their mouth that get stuck and impede breathing. Choking hazards must be kept away not only from infants and toddlers but from all the children as they are more prone to hand over to their younger brothers and sisters food, candies and toys that can be placed inside the mouth, be swallowed and caused choking.


Heimlich Manuever

Mild choking: In some cases of choking the airways are not totally blocked. This explains why the victims can still speak, cry, cough or breathe This indicates that the victim’s airway still functions though with limited air. In this particular case, the victim can be encouraged to clear the blockage himself by coughing out the object.

Severe choking: In this case the victim is unable to breathe, cough, cry or speak. Left alone, he’ll lose consciousness.

How to do Heimlich Manuever: These days we’re blessed, we’re fortunate. We don’t need a book or a magazine to look for fundamental information about choking first aid. Just open your computer and there we’ll find an array of websites containing blogs or articles on choking to choose from. Personally, I recommend How to perform the Hemlich Manuever because it is written in simple English, easy to understand and illustrated with pictures. The internet, too, is crawling with appropriate videos on the same subject matter.

About a month or two after reading this article, let’s assume that you’re more than ready to administer first aid, not only about choking incident, but likewise on any minor trouble that may arise at home or in the neighborhood.
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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Jul 2014 (#)

so interesting this n.c. thank you...i try to eat my food till it is liquid in my mouth easy to swallow then and also the stomach does not have so much work to do...

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author avatar WOGIAM
31st Jul 2014 (#)

Chocking is very dangereous and as many people as possible need to know the basic tips to handle this. Execellent share.

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author avatar n.c.radomes
31st Jul 2014 (#)

JOHNNYDOD, thanks for the early moderation and helping this page classify into the star page.
CAROLINA, thanks for setting the example for others to emulate.
WOGIAM, that's my prmary objective; thanks.

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author avatar Etc.
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Everyone should know what to do when someone chokes. Your article caught my eye because my husband, who has Parkinson's Disease, frequently chokes--and not just on food, but even on saliva. The problem is that people, most people, spend time alone.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Important information that we should all be aware of. It is easier to choke then anyone realizes. I do it on water all of the time from drinking too fast. Scary.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Important info. Thanks for sharing!

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author avatar n.c.radomes
9th Aug 2014 (#)

ETC, thanks for commenting. Just search in the net for additional info about a person who's choking all by himself.
SHERRI, hope this piece helps. Thanks!
PHYL, thanks for commenting. Welcome!

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