Thursday, January 19, 2017

How to help a choking person, young or old

Yesterday I provided three videos on CPR, for adults, children and infants. These are from an organization called ProCPR, which sells training materials to professionals in health care.

These videos, however, apply to us amateurs, as well. I'm going to embed three more here -- this time on choking -- to make it easy for you to watch them. If you go to ProCPR's page on YouTube you can find all of these and many more.

Pay attention to every little detail the instructor offers. For example, before you rush up to a victim look around to make sure the area is safe! Don't create a second victim!

You'll notice that the instructor uses a breathing mask and is wearing gloves. These are obviously to prevent transferring disease, either way. There is some thinking now that the breathing part of CPR is not as important as the chest impressions, and that you can skip the two breaths until paramedics arrive. If you want to read more on breathing, check this site. It tells you how to improvise a breathing mask and discusses whether you should do it at all.

Now to choking.




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