The 230th life saved by Dechoker® is of a 65-year-old female who suffers from Dysphagia. The woman's son reported this scary choking incident below:
"My 65-year-old mother has a medical issue where she chokes on food a lot. My sister texted me that she choked really bad at dinner but was able to dislodge the food enough to breathe but just barely, so they were on their way to the hospital. I said I had a Dechoker, and they could give that a try if they could wait 10 minutes for me to get there. She was lying down when I got there, and it only took 2-3 pulls to get it free. She was so grateful." - Brandon M.
We believe the Dechoker® is an invaluable component of any first aid kit. Arguably, every family should have a Dechoker®, but it's particularly critical for families with young children and elderly members, two groups at the highest risk of choking.
As we age, we're more likely to lose fine motor skills and develop various conditions that can make swallowing difficult. Examples of these conditions include dental problems, strokes, and neuromuscular diseases. Dysphagia is also common, which is a medical term for swallowing difficulties. People with dysphagia are far more likely to suffer a severe choking emergency.
These risks can be very serious, so it's essential to talk with your doctor right away if you believe you or a family member is developing a dysphagia or a swallowing disorder.
Futher, taking additional precautions, such as being certified in CPR/First Aid and having a Dechoker® nearby can help with not only peace of mind, but a
The Dechoker® is designed to be used in conjunction with traditional anti-choking treatments. This includes treatments such as the back slaps and abdominal thrusts. Overtime, these methods can become less effective in a choking emergency, and methods such as the Heimlich maneuver come with risks for young children, elderly, and pregnant individuals. Further, they can be intimidating to perform.
The Dechoker® is simple and straightforward to use – you can even use it on yourself in a choking emergency. Simply place the face mask over the choking person's mouth and nose and pull back on the plunger to use the device. This creates suction that often clears the airway within seconds.
To learn more about how to use the Dechoker® and listen to a member of our medical board click here.