OK, the other night when I was at work (Im a NA) one of my elderly cardiac patients called me into her room so I could help her drink her water--all of a sudden she started choking on it....turned beat red, couldn't breathe, etc. Then all of a sudden she threw it all up and was fine before I could even do anything.
Afterwards it really freaked me out! That was my first experience with a patient choking. When someone is choking on water you do the heimlich manuevar, right? Sorry if that sounds stupid. For some reason I never though about anyone choking on water the same as someone choking on a hotdog or something like that and I have been questioning my abilities!
What do you do when someone is choking on water? Would turning them to the side or anything be effective or only the heimlich or chest thrusts for a very large bed bound patient? I just want to make sure if something like that happened again I feel prepared and don't question myself.
Ok, I feel MUCH better now---thank you all so much!
This was my very first experience with such a thing and I felt so helpless because it was scarey for me to watch. I did what I should have done which was stay with the patient and watch her. I'm still learning, I thought maybe she actuall could have choked to death on the water I guess.
I just felt like I should have done something and then it got me thinking about what to do in that situation (sorry if my first post wasn't clear). I'm going to read about laryngospasm so I can be a little more familiar with that.
Last edit by marilynmom on Jan 4, '07