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Dechoker FAQ

QUESTIONS REGARDING DECHOKER:

    1. Why do the resuscitation guidelines not mention Dechoking devices?

      The resuscitation guidelines are legacy standard of care and are not always current with the updated standard of care. The Dechoker/dechoking devices or anti-choking devices are fairly new. Therefore, it is likely that the resuscitation guidelines were developed before dechoking devices came about.

    2. The resuscitation guidelines say to deliver backslaps and abdominal thrusts then when not conscious start CPR. When in this cycle is the Dechoker used?

      The resuscitation guidelines support a legacy standard of care. Dechoker is to be used when current protocol standards have failed. Due to the request for Dechoker devices in care homes and first aid kits worldwide, the Dechoker is bound to become a standard of care.

    3. I am a training provider, can I add instruction on the Dechoker to my courses?

      Yes. It is recommended to add Dechoker to the training due to the ease of use and due to the potential consistency of use. The training should consider availability and non-availability of Dechoker devices. If the Dechoker device is unavailable and not within reach, while it’s being retrieved from the first aid kit, it is required that the backslaps and abdominal thrusts are delivered promptly. Once available, Dechoker can be used almost instantaneously once the current manual protocols (backslaps and abdominal thrusts) have failed. Training on the Dechoker devices is easy and “Train the Trainer” programs are available.

    4. Can the Dechoker be wall mounted?

      Dechoker has an available wall mount for commercial use.

    5. The tube on the adult Dechoker looks fine but on the infant one it looks too big, is this the case?

      Dechoker device is not recommended for neonatal (or infant) use. Devices are available in three sizes (adult, child, and toddler).

    6. Am I under any legal risk using the Dechoker as it goes away from the information on my last first aid class?

      No. Dechoker is an FDA and CE registered product for sale and use in the appropriate countries where registrations are obtained.

    7. Can I reuse the Dechoker if I clean it?

      Dechoker is made as a single use device due to regulatory requirements around sanitation.

    8. Do you need special training to use the Dechoker or can someone just read the instructions and use it?

      The package insert or the “instructions and use” are detailed and specific and are generally sufficient to utilize the Dechoker device. For additional proficiency, a certified training course is recommended.

    9. Is the Dechoker sterile?

      No. Dechoker is shipped not sterile. While the device is manufactured in a clean environment it is not sterilized. 

    10. Is there an expiry date on the Dechoker?

      Yes. The Dechoker has a 27-month shelf life.

    11. Is the Dechoker CE marked?

      Yes. The Dechoker is CE marked.

    12. Does it hurt the patient when a Dechoker is used?

      The Dechoker is designed such that it does not hurt the patient. In addition, with appropriate training, use of Dechoker is proficient.

    13. When you push the plunger in, does it force air into the patient?

      No. The architecture of the device is such that no air is forced into the patient. The patented and proficient design ensures that air moves forward due to the cross lit valve in the unit and disallows any air from entering mouth. This tube functions like an exhaust. Air only enters the cylinder through the tube that goes into the mouth and can only go out through the cross slit valve.

    14. Can the Dechoker be used on yourself if you choke?

      Yes. The Dechoker can be self-administered.

    15. Can you use the Dechoker on a concisions patient?

      Yes. The Dechoker can absolutely be used on a conscious patient.

    16. If the Dechoker is so effective, why are they not carried on ambulances?

      Effort is underway to make Dechoker the standard of care. Due to the interest in the Dechoker device, it is widely anticipated that the Dechoker will be used in ambulances and other care channels.

    17. Is the Dechoker suitable for patients with Dementia?

      Yes. The Dechoker is suitable for any patient that has a swallowing issue or disorder. For patients with dementia, it is recommended that the Dechoker device is administered to them (not self-administered) since it is required for users to review and understand the instructions for use.

    18. What is the possibility of barotrauma?

      Barotrauma is usually associated with positive pressure, usually of the lower respiratory tract rather than the upper airway, resulting from high inflation pressures and damaging the lung parenchyma. Suction devices which generate a 'negative' (sub-atmospheric) pressure will not damage distal tissues beyond the larynx. Soft tissues in the oral cavity including the tongue may succumb to a poorly positioned device when suction is applied. A choking casualty has an unrelieved obstruction in the upper airway. They may vomit without stimulation, and this might even dislodge the foreign body in the laryngopharynx? Aspiration of stomach contents is most unlikely because the esophagus will collapse, unlike the adjacent trachea.