First Aid for Asphyxiation

Among the causes of asphyxiation are drowning; gas poisoning; overdose on sleeping pills, barbiturates and other drugs, electrocution, choking and strangulation.

In asphyxiation, air is prevented from reaching the lungs and the supply of oxygen is cut off from the circulating blood. Stoppage of heat action does not ensue immediately after the victim stops breathing; but to prevent irreparable brain damage resulting from the lack of oxygen artificial respiration must be started immediately. Most victims will die within four to six minutes after breathing ceases unless artilicial respiration is administered. Those who do not die may sustain severe brain damage.

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