During the holiday season, food is typically the center piece of every occasion; and this is why the number of choking occurrences increase.
• Choking kills more than 3,000 people each year, according to the American Red Cross, and is the eighth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths.
• Foods are responsible for most choking incidents.
• If you were at a holiday social or at a family dinner, would you be able to recognize the signs of someone choking? If you noticed, would you know what to do next?
• Time is critical for a choking victim. Without oxygen, the brain begins to die within 4-6 minutes.
• The good news is that virtually anyone can learn how to help a choking victim. By knowing what to do, you can step in during an emergency situation and perform a lifesaving act of kindness.
• If the object remains lodged and the person doesn’t respond after you take all the measures, the chest compressions used in CPR may help to dislodge the object.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
• CPR can save lives when given properly and immediately to the victims. This is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
• The life you save with CPR is most likely to be someone you love or know. Incidents could hit close to home, because home is exactly where eighty eight percent of cardiac arrests occur.
• Do feel secure in administering CPR? Seventy Percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer CPR or their training has significantly lapsed. Because of this, the Red Cross CPR Certifications are valid for only two years. So every two years, people who are CPR Certified must renew their certification.
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