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How to Deal With a Choking Adult

How to Deal With a Choking Adult

Although choking isn’t a common phenomenon, it is an emergency situation where some simple first aid techniques could make all of the difference and save that person’s life. Choking is a time critical event, and by acting quick you can make all of the difference, if an individual cannot remove the foreign object occluding their airway, then suffocation and cardiac arrest will soon ensue.

What is the first thing when you realise that someone is choking, don’t panic. Keep calm and you will be best able to assist them. If you are not sure is someone is choking, simply ask them and they will give you an appropriate response. When you’ve established that the individual is choking, call 999 and ask for an ambulance, this means specialist help will be on its way. Try and encourage the patient to cough, coughing is the least invasive of the foreign away occlusion removal techniques. Individuals are sometimes able to dislodge the foreign body by coughing it out, but after a few attempts, or if they are completely ineffective/cannot cough, you will need to move onto the next technique.

Encourage the patient to lean forward, you now will need to give 5 back blows in the centre of the back, between the shoulder blades. Use a flat palm and put some force into the blow. With the patient leaning forward and the 5 back blows this can often cause enough force to dislodge the object. If these fail then you must move to abdominal thrusts. Stand behind the patient and interlock your arms at the top of their abdomen, just under where the diaphragm is. With sharp thrusts inwards and upwards 5 times, this can often cause enough pressure to shift the occlusion.

If neither of these techniques work then begin to alternate the two in a cycle, 5 back blows, 5 abdominal thrusts, 5 back blows, 5 abdominal thrusts… Continue this cycle until the object is removed or the ambulance arrives to take over care. If the patient becomes unconscious from choking and ends on the floor, start doing chest compression’s/cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The action of CPR can often allow for the object to be dislodged. Unless you can clearly see the object and easily grasp it, never place your hands in the persons’ mouth. By doing so you may be pushing the object further into their trachea, or you may cause them to be sick and that will further occlude the airway.

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Honey For Health

Honey For Health

Several Benefits Of Consuming And Using Honey

The consumption of honey for health reasons is one of the many reasons individuals use it as a sweetener, as opposed to sugar (brown or white) or artificial sweeteners. But, there are a number of health benefits tied to the consumption of honey most people aren’t aware of. These are a few of the many benefits to choosing honey for health reasons, as opposed to using other forms of sweeteners.

1. Allergy relief

Anti-inflammatory benefits of honey make it a great solution for allergy sufferers. It can reduce coughs, help alleviate seasonal allergies from dander or pollen, and works as a natural anti-inflammatory for certain conditions. Over time, the body builds up an immunity, causing fewer histamines from being released, which can lead to fewer allergic reactions occurring over a period of time.

2. Memory Booster

Loaded with antioxidants, it works to naturally boost memory and help you remember things you typically tend to forget. Antioxidants may help reduce cellular damage as well, which over time is going to help you with memory and cognitive ability as well. The fact that honey also helps the body naturally absorb calcium helps to aid brain health.

3. Sleep Aid

Insomnia, sleep apnea, or other conditions causing you to lose a night of sleep? Honey is a natural solution to the problem. Causing a rise in insulin levels, and releasing serotonin in the body, naturally helps calm you down, relax the mind and body, and naturally put you to sleep when you are otherwise having difficulties doing so. By converting serotonin to melatonin (the chemical compound which regulates quality of and duration of sleep), works as a natural sleep aid, so you don’t have to rely on relaxants or other chemical based medication.

4. Wound/Burn Treatment

As a natural antibiotic honey can treat internal and external wounds, cuts, scrapes, or bruising. It also works as a disinfectant and can help in treating certain bacterial conditions or sores naturally. By applying it to the wounded or burned areas, honey will naturally be absorbed by the body’s skin, and will immediately begin the healing process without the need to use other pricey creams or medications to treat the areas.

Honey can be used for a variety of health reasons. Regardless of which of these reasons, or other health related benefits you are hoping to derive from consuming honey, there are a number of benefits to consuming or using it as a natural antiobotic for the body.

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Be Your Own Health Care Professional

Be Your Own Health Care Professional

I grew up in an age when rural Saskatchewan doctors made house calls. They also did hospital rounds and ran a clinic. They usually knew their patients well because they delivered many of them. Lab work and x-rays were done in one location – at the local hospital. Specialists were almost unheard of and that meant that the local doctor needed to deal with pretty well everything.

Things have changed so much! Now clinics have huge waiting lists of people who do not have a family physician. Those who are ill and do not have a family physician often end up seeing a walk-in doctor who merely deals with the presenting surface issue without all the medical history. Some end up waiting for hours at a time in a triage system at the local Emergency ward.

Because of specialization, the doctor who, in the past, would have been the “expert” now plays a role similar to the quarterback on a football team. S/he does an intake meeting and then sends out appropriate referrals to other professionals who diagnose and treat.

Well, no matter who you see or what your situation is, you are the one who actually understands your body and mind the best. Because of this, it is important that you do some things to ensure that you obtain and maintain a healthy condition:

1. Keep good records – Start a book or electronic site where you record information. Before you go to see a physician or health professional, write down all the concerning symptoms as well as your questions. Make sure that your book has a list of the medications that you are taking. Your pharmacist will provide a copy for you. During or immediately after your appointment you can write down new information that your physician has provided you. Keeping track of all your appointments and health concerns in this book will help you to keep accurate information without having to try to remember things. A secure clip on the front of your book will allow you to safety hold new prescription requisitions or other handouts received during appointments.

2. Watch for change – Are you losing or gaining weight? Do you sleep less or more than usual? Has your mood been different? When did you first start experiencing new pain or notice unfamiliar bumps and bruises? On a scale of one to ten, (with one being the worst and ten being the best situation), how do you rate the seriousness of your problem? Make written notes about these things in your boo.

3. Do your research – Not everything on the internet is accurate and experience that your friends might tell you about may not apply to you. At the same time, however, there are ways that you can learn about your diagnosis or if there are treatment options available for you to try. The library, computer and acquaintances are all good sources for learning about health, illness and treatment.

4. Be wise – Ensuring that you eat a nutritious diet and get enough rest are the foundation of good health care practice. Limit your alcohol and caffeine consumption as well as your stress. Exercise, find positive ways to contribute to society and laugh!

5. Be a good advocate for you – If your physician promised to do something and you aren’t sure if it was done, call his/her office to find out. Remember, physicians are extremely busy. It is up to you to follow up if you haven’t heard by the date given. I see many clients who wait for information thinking that “someone” will call them and “someone” never calls. Be pro-active. Also, be willing to ask if there is a cancellation list that you can be on if your next appointment is far down the road. If you have trouble understanding or remembering details, ask a friend or family member to attend your appointment with you and make notes. You are in the “business” of health care.

Your physician has only a few short minutes to meet with you. During that time s/he needs to gather information, determine a diagnosis and then recommend treatment. On the other hand, you have twenty-four hours a day on every single day of the year to take care of yourself, record information and make good health care choices.

In today’s busy world it is more of a responsibility than ever for you to take responsibility to be well and stay well!

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Save Life!

Save Life!

I was out of work, doing nothing but passing time when I came across an advertisement where you could apply as a volunteer in Blood Donation camp. Long back when I was in college I tried to donate blood but due to underweight I was not able to and after that it never occurred me to donate again so, the ad caught my attention. I dialed in the numbers and volunteered for it. Since, I was not working I also volunteered to give a hand for setting up the camp also.

It was fun volunteering for it, this blood donation camp sets up quarterly so, once in four months I used to go out meet new and old donors, it was a sort of picnic for me till one day a teenage girl came up to in the camp and asked “Hi, how are you?”

“I am okay, thanks, how are you? Are you here for the blood donation, do you have an appointment?” I replied.

“I would love to but I have a question?”

“Yes sure, happy to help, what is it?” I said.

“Umm, I am suffering from hemolytic anemia, so just wanted to know if there is an arrangement in the camp for Plasma donors?”

To be frank I could not even catch what was she suffering from but I was sure I heard Anemia, though being a layman in biology at least I knew Anemia had to do something with deficiency of blood or hemoglobin in a person. Why the hell she wanted to donate blood if she is anemic and what the hell was plasma donation! I revised all my biology classes in a gist just not to make a fool of myself there but still said

“I am sorry, I did not get your question, you are suffering from what?”

“I am suffering from Hemolytic anemia, in my condition my bone marrow is unable to produce the red blood cells in the body fast enough to meet my body needs. It is a disorder where the red blood cells are destroyed before their normal life span and since, RBCs are responsible for carrying oxygen and when I do not have enough RBCs in my blood it can be fatal”

“Oh okay… I am sorry, but clearly you need blood in your body then why do you want to make a donation?” I was so confused.

She smiled and replied “I just want to donate the Plasma. You know, it is because of people like you I am able to stand here, I laugh, I cry, I walk, I talk and everything thing I do is a gift from people like you all who donate blood. In every 120 days I undergo blood transfusion where blood is given to me through intravenous(IV) line in one of my blood vessels. I am so grateful for all of you to be alive and I also want to participate in Saving Lives. I want to donate plasma so that if there is someone like me who needs transfusion of Plasma I can repay to this society for giving me so many new lives.”

I was speechless, I had never taken Blood donation seriously, for me it was just a day of fun, meeting people, laughing with others eating free ice cream. For a moment I felt ashamed of myself for not donating blood for years. I was guilty for the number of lives lost due to lack of blood in the blood bank and here I was standing before a person who is sick and still willing to help others in need.

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