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Reviving a Drowning Victim

Reviving a Drowning Victim


Reviving a Drowning Victim

Reviving a Drowning Victim

It seems singular after all that has been written on the subject, but few people know, how to restore a drowned person. The matter is really quite simple, yet it requires great attention to detail. Spasmodic efforts are useless. The thing has to be gone about methodically and the method persisted in for a long time, often in the face of seeming certain defeat.

In the first place, statistics show that no person who has been submerged in the water for a period of seven minutes was ever resuscitated. It is extremely doubtful if after five minutes' immersion anything can be accomplished, still it is worth the effort.

The first thing to do when a person is rescued from the water is to remove all clothing from about the chest and neck. Do not take the time to draw, the garments off, but rip them off with a knife. Turn the body over and stand astride it. Grasp it about the middle and lift up so that only the head and feet are touching the ground. This is done in order to free the lungs and air passages from water and mucus. Do this several times.

With a handkerchief wipe out the mouth and as far down the throat as you can reach. Lay the patient on his back with a folded coat under his shoulders. Kneel at his head and grasp both arms at the wrists and pull them well up over his head, hold for an instant, return to the sides and press them against the ribs, hold for an instant and repeat. Do this about twenty times each minute.

The tendency is to work too fast. The movement should be about as fast as a man breathes, the object being to simulate the ordinary respiratory movements as nearly as may be. While this is being done another person may grasp the tongue and pull it up and out of the mouth, keeping time with the movements of the arms. When the patient begins to show signs of life wrap him well in hot blankets, place hot stones at his feet, and administer hot water, brandy, or strong hot coffee.

As before suggested, the efforts at restoration should be persisted in for a long time, until either success rewards your efforts or the body becomes quite cold and rigid. It may be that there is a little spark of life left and you may fan it into flame after hours of effort.

Moody, Charles Stuart. Backwoods Surgery & Medicine. New York: Outing Pub., 1916. Print.

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