Choking, if not treated promptly, can lead to death in just a few minutes.
This often occurs when a piece of food or other foreign object gets stuck in a person’s upper airway. Generally, it happens when food is not properly chewed such as in instances when an individual talks or laughs while eating.
In some cases, an adult may also have slower swallowing mechanism if he has poor fitting dental work, consumes alcohol, takes drugs, or has Parkinson’s disease. Some signs that an individual is choking may include coughing, breathing difficulty, sudden inability to talk, hand signals, panic, wheezing, or clutching the throat.
Since this could be potentially life-threatening, it is extremely crucial for a victim to receive first aid as soon as possible.
But what do you if, for example, you experience choking while you are all alone at home? How would you be able to save yourself if no one is around to administer first aid for you?
Fortunately, there is a way out of this lethal situation.
As shared recently by Wimp, firefighter and paramedic Jeff Rehman’s helpful instructional video shows us a unique but effective first aid for choking.
The short clip has been gaining so much online attention on social media recently after being featured in several websites. So far, the video has been viewed over 4 million times as of this writing.
Many of his viewers took the time to thank him for sharing the valuable first aid trick.
Originally, the technique was taught to Jeff by a boxing coach as an ab-strengthening exercise. Combining his boxing background and medical know-how, he figured out that this could be a good first aid for choking since it brings out a large air expulsion.
Jeff, however, pointed out that this specific technique is not recommended for those who are pregnant or for individuals who may be unable to kneel on the floor for any reason.
Share this video with your friends and you just might save a life!