SymptomsThe following can be noted as symptoms of asphyxia:
TreatmentDepending on individual cases, treatments for asphyxiation can vary. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS) are common methods of treating asphyxiation. For example:
Choking: If a victim displays signs of severe airway obstruction, anti-choking methods, such as thrusting, should be performed till the blockage is released. If a victim becomes unconscious, he should simply be laid on the ground for CPR treatment, before reaching out for emergency medical help.
Drowning: Once the victim is retrieved from the water, a rescuer should immediately perform CPR on them for a limited period of time, before the medical emergency professionals come to the rescue. To stop the patient from undergoing hypoxemia, a leading cause for cardiac arrest or death during drowning or choking cases, the rescuer must begin with rescue breaths before moving on to chest compressions (if pulseless).
ConclusionAsphyxia is a kind of breathing difficulty caused by a lack of oxygen in the body. This leads to a reduction in oxygen flow to the brain, which may cause a person to become unconscious or die. Choking, drowning, asthma, or anaphylaxis are all conditions and circumstances that might increase the risk of asphyxia.
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