So do YOU know what to do if you find yourself choking when no one is around? They say you could throw yourself over a chair or over a couch to dislodge whatever is in your windpipe, or you could do the Heimlich maneuver on yourself, but to do both of those techniques would take a lot of force – enough force to hurt yourself, and even in a panic we are not likely to intentionally do something that would hurt our bodies. What happened to Chad was an actual fall, not something he planned or even tried to do. And that is why it worked. He fell hard enough for it to work correctly. But even if he hadn’t fallen, his parents would have reached him in time. So what he did RIGHT was to get the attention of those in the house.
If you find yourself choking and you are alone in the house…
1) call 911 from a land line immediately.
2) leave the phone off the hook
3) go to your front door and open it. Leave it open.
4) at that time you can begin trying to dislodge whatever is in your windpipe… but do the other steps FIRST!
This simple advice will save your life. Why? All emergency units respond to 911 calls, whether or not you are able to speak. If you’re experiencing a true choking emergency you’ll be unable to speak. So, leaving the phone line open ensures that emergency personnel will respond. On average, our blood contains about 6 minutes of oxygen. Even though you’re choking, the heart is still beating, pumping blood and supplying oxygen to the brain. By going to the front door and opening it for the responders, you’re removing an obstacle that may prevent them from getting to you before the brain suffers from lack of oxygen.
You could also try going to your neighbor if you know they are home…but always call 911 first and stay visible so that the emergency crew can get to you as soon as possible.
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