Which is the best way to rescue an adult or a child who is choking? This has been a major subject of discussions and debates since a long time. What should be done during choking? Should you raise the victim’s arms, should you hit them on the back should you leave them alone, should you call 911, or should you perform the “Heimlich Maneuver?
Though many articles have been written about raising your arms in the air if you are choking, but no medical grounds support it. Yes, raising your arms above your head is useful when you are having hard time breathing or catching your breath after strenuous exercise. Raising your arms above your head raises your diaphragm, which in turn opens up your lungs for more air capacity, allowing you to take in more oxygen. However, raising your arms if you have a solid object blocking your airway can distract you and cause more harm than good.
If a victim is coughing or wheezing to get air, stay with them and encourage them to cough or to try to inhale the best they can. By staying with them you are in prime position for if they stop coughing, wheezing or being able to inhale air. If this happens, you have to act quickly.
Don’t get confused. If you are unable to help the victim or you are unsure of what to do to help, calling 911 is the best solution. 911 operators are very well trained, who can help you in different languages. Not only do they get you the correct information you need to help someone in an emergency or send professional help to you quickly, they also help keep you calm so you do not panic in an emergency. So calling 911 will always help and don’t think that you will get in trouble. They are there to help and if you are unsure if you are in an emergency situation, just tell them and trust that they can help you.
You can also perform Heimlich Maneuver, a well-known way to remove a solid airway obstruction from a victim who is choking.
There are many ins and outs of several different reactions people have to relieve choking from a solid airway obstruction. No matter what you know or believe, saving lives is most important. So to carry on with this noble cause doing a CPR certification course can be helpful.[fbcomments]
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