While the Red Cross has again updated their CPR techniques (and I definitely agree that all paddlers should be conversant with both 1st Aid & CPR) Dr. Heimlich has made an interesting observation that makes a LOT of sense to me. He suggests that if a person has been in the water, the FIRST thing that should be done is a Heimlich maneuver to remove that tablespoon of water that could be in the windpipe, so that when you begin breaths you do not blow that water down into the victims lungs. I'm not a CPR instructor either, but this makes a LOT of sense to me.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-18-07 12:49 PM (EST)
Good point about the abdominal thrusts before doing the breathing--it does make sense, and I'll do some research on it.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-26-08 4:27 PM (EST)
That would be something the pros should address..
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Posted by: Wavetamer on Jun-17-09 10:46 AM (EST)
That's a good point. I will have to consult with a CPR instructor to see about that...Thanks!