Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
Yes, Trudy's right. Is this patient having a hard time whenever she drinks or was that just a fluke?
She was a cardiac patient, no strokes, and was also very confused and didn't show the typical choking signs...though she was not getting air, could not cough, was very RED and her tongue was sticking out, etc. Thankfully she did end up throwing the water up (maybe she aspirated it?) and was fine after that and didn't seem to even know she had choked! But I felt later on I should have done something to help her, because what if she wouldn't have throw up?
I was floated up to another floor so I wasn't really able to discuss this was anyone (of course I informed her RN before I left).
Thank you for the link. And yes I have taken AHA BLS but that was my first real choking experience and I wanted to just kinda talk about it. I just want to make sure the next time this happens (because I know it will) I feel more confident and prepared when I'm in the room alone with a patient like this.
I just never thought someone could choke on a sip of water like that!