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When an individual suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, his survival depends greatly on receiving immediate CPR from a bystander. However, less than one-third of these individuals receive the help they need because most bystanders are untrained in CPR and are afraid they will do something wrong. Would you know what to do if your child went into cardiac arrest? Calling 911 is critical, but before medical professionals arrive, immediately performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) will greatly increase their chance for survival. In fact, a recent study by the National Institutes of Health shows CPR to be effective in children and adolescents who suffer from non-traumatic cardiac arrest such as drowning, electrocution or choking. CPR is a life-saving technique that helps maintain some blood flow to the brain and heart, and can help "buy time" until paramedics arrive with more advanced care.
When a victim is choking, it means that an object — usually food or a toy — is stuck in the the airway. When this happens, air can't flow normally into or out of the lungs, so the victim can't breathe properly.
But every once in a while, the epiglottis doesn't close fast enough and an object can slip into the trachea. Most of the time, the food or object only partially blocks the trachea, is coughed up, and breathing returns to normal quickly. Kids who seem to be choking and coughing but still can breathe and talk usually recover without help. It can be uncomfortable and upsetting for them, but they're generally fine after a few seconds. But sometimes, an object can get into the trachea and completely block the airway. If airflow into and out of the lungs is blocked and the brain is deprived of oxygen, choking can become a life-threatening emergency requiring your immediate life saving actions