Similar to other medical situations, CPR is a set of abilities that can help save a person who is drowning. Is CPR for drowning any different, though?
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What Occurs To A Drowning Person?
When a person is submerged in water for a long time, their ability to breathe becomes impaired, which leads to drowning. The airway closes when performing CPR on a drowning victim in the early stages of drowning in order to stop further water from entering the lungs. This function compels the person to unintentionally hold their breath, which causes unconsciousness. Without CPR, a condition called as hypoxia will develop in which not enough oxygen reaches the cells. Without oxygen, the body starts to shut down its organs, and cardiac arrest results.
Is CPR Different For Drowning?
Mouth-to-mouth CPR is the sole technique that should be utilized, even if it does not necessarily look “different” when being conducted on someone who has drowned. CPR that involves merely compressions should not be used. This is because successful resuscitation of cardiac arrests with respiratory causes necessitates rescue breaths.
The majority of drowning victims “will have suffered cardiac arrest related to hypoxia,” according to the European Resuscitation Council. Compression-only CPR is probably unsuccessful in these patients and need to be avoided.
What Should I Do If I See Someone Drowning?
A drowning victim being extricated from the water
Find a lifeguard and let them know there is a problem. Also dial emergency number
Remove the person from the water.
If there isn’t a lifeguard on duty, you might have to save a patient from drowning. However, if doing so puts you in risk, you shouldn’t (i.e. you are not a strong swimmer, the water conditions are not safe, etc.). Find someone who can assist you instead.
Get the person out of the water and lay them on their back if it is safe to do so.
If a flotation device is available, bring it along to help you get the individual out of the water.
Do not attempt to rescue the individual if they are still struggling in the water without assistance or training; they will drag you down with them.