Life Save 236 has many important components to highlight. These parents did everything correctly when their son started to choke. They called 911, and performed abdominal thrusts, but neither of these was effective.
Erika's toddler began to choke on a gummy snack while in a parking lot. Not only was Erika away from home when this incident happened, but when her husband reacted quickly and called 911, he was unable to get a connection. The typical first aid protocol they tried to perform also did not work. Luckily, and as time passed quickly, Erika got the Dechoker® from her car and saved her son's life. Erika recalled:
"My 10-month-old choked on a fruit snack in the parking lot and stopped breathing. Luckily, I was right next to him, and when nothing else worked, I grabbed the Dechoker® from the car. I bought extras [Dechokers®] to make sure I always have one with me. It took a few tries, but it came out, and he's perfectly fine. My husband's phone wouldn't connect to call 911, so I don't know that paramedics would have been able to make it in time to help him. Thank you."
Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental death, and first responders, caregivers, and others should have every possible defense at their fingertips. When someone is choking, time is an extremely important factor.
We recommend the easy-to-use Dechoker® device not as a replacement for traditional treatments, but as an available alternative if those treatments are unsuccessful. Just as defibrillators are now found in many public spaces to help in heart health emergencies, we believe there should be a Dechoker® within reach in every school, every restaurant, and every emergency vehicle in the world.
In a choking emergency, a victim can suffer serious medical consequences after just four minutes without oxygen. Every moment counts in these dire situations. Statistics prove that help will not get to you in time during a choking emergency. The emergency response time in the U.S. is between 8 and 4 minutes. A lack of oxygen to the brain can cause severe damage and brain injury within that time frame.
The Dechoker® device is a life saving device which can be used as an airway clearance device on anyone 12 months and up. Dechoker recommends, first action Red Cross/AHA protocol if it fails continue CPR, and use the Dechoker device. Be sure and familiarize yourself with the Dechoker device and review our training video and be prepared before a choking emergency.