scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Hyperventilation
Robert Lewis (rlewis6@NYCAP.RR.COM
Fri Oct 29 1999 - 16:40:56 CDT
Ok, here is exactly what the American Red Cross says to do in the most
recent edition of their Community First Aid and Safety book, page 42-43 ...
"If the victim is breathing rapidly (hyperventilating) and you are sure it
is caused by emotion, such as excitement or fear, tell the victim to relax
and breathe slowly. A victim who is hyperventilating from emotion may
resume normal breathing if he or she is reassured and calmed down. If the
victim's breathing still doesn't slow down, the victim could have a serious
When breathing is too fast, slow, noisy, or painful, call for an ambulance
As for the Heimlich Maneuver, it is still taught for anyone with a blocked
airway, conscious or unconscious. This goes for both agencies that give CPR
training... ARC and AHA. I also have heard talk of using it for drowning
victims once they are pulled from the water before doing anything else.
This is not recommended by the ARC, AHA, or any EMS agency yet in America.
Robert M. Lewis
EMT in NY
ARC First Aid and CPR instructor.