First Aid on Choking Victim
Everybody must have experienced choking in their life. Many traditionally methods usually used if someone is choking, such as patting the back. Choking usually happens when we are not right in swallowing food. But there are also some other factors that could cause choked. Before discussing about the first aid on choking victim, you should first know how the choking may occur.
Someone could be choked if the upper respiratory tract blocked by food or other foreign objects. This will make the patient will have difficulty breathing and feel claustrophobic. That’s why people recommend us to pat the back when choking. Choking can also cause us coughing, and even death if too much food or foreign objects that obstruct the respiratory tract.
There are some first aids on choking victim. You can follow some of these tips. The first is to ask the victim if he/she had choked. If he could still answer it means the problem is not too severe. Meanwhile, if he/she doesn’t answer then he might have suffered a severe choking. For the second condition should immediately be given medical treatment. Don’t panic and don’t give a drink as this will hinder the air entering.
First aid on choking victim is by patting the back. You should stand behind the victim and then wrap your hand at the waist. Bend a little the victim and then clench your one hand and place it in the navel. Clasp your hands tightly while pressing firmly into the stomach from the bottom up. It aims to lift the diaphragm and force the air to exit the lungs. Repeat this until the clogging food is out of the body.
Before performing the first aid on choking victim, you can try another way. For example insert your fingers into the mouth to reach the back of the throat. This serves to remove foods that clog the respiratory tract. You have to be careful if you want to give the first aid to the choking victim, because if it’s inappropriate the foods will actually go deeper. And if this happens, you should immediately take the victim to the doctor.