* ALWAYS PERFORM THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER ON ANY DROWNING VICTIM , DO CPR! *
Did you know that by giving the Heimlich maneuver to a drowning victim, you can change their odds of dying from as high as 42% to just 3%??? Apparently a lot of people don't know this, including many emergency dispatchers, who only advise giving CPR... and since parents or bystanders are usually the first on the scene of a drowning, it is vital for them to know this information. It's true, as many as 42% of drowning victims that are given only cardiopulmonary resuscitation ( CPR ) will die, while just 3% will die if they are first given the Heimlich maneuver. Remember the ABC's of first aid... Airway, Breathing, Circulation. It is absolutely vital to clear the airway of water as soon as possible, for two reasons: 1. It is very difficult to force air into lungs that are filled with fluid. If the fluid isn't removed from the airway, it is the same as if the victim were still submerged, and 2. The mere presence of water in the lungs can occasionally change the chemical balance of the blood, causing the heart to stop. Water may diffuse directly into the bloodstream from the lungs, and death can occur very quickly.
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