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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Choking

A call went out this morning for a patient choking. As we were responding to the call I was talking to a relatively new EMT about choking calls. I told her that very few "choking" calls actually end up with a choking patient. . By the time that we get there the patient has either coughed up what was choking them or has fallen unconscious and then we have an unresponsive person with an airway obstruction. No sooner had I said this when the Torrance Fire dispatcher said over the radio that the patient was now unconscious.

The mentally handicapped patient was choking on a piece of bread which was removed with ease and the patient came back around. I wish all patients were this easy to treat.
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