LifeVac was used by EKAB Ambulance Service in Greece to save another life.
A 90-year-old lady with Alzheimer’s Disease was eating dinner with her daughter when she began to choke on her food (chopped up burger). As soon as her daughter realized her mother was choking she administeredabdominal thrusts and back blows which were unsuccessful at dislodging the food stuck in her airway. The elderly lady became unconscious and her daughter called EMS right away. EKAB arrived on the scene and assessed the situation, the paramedic took the LifeVac device out of his kit bag and applied the LifeVac which dislodged a large chunk of the food bolus. The lady regained consciousness and was transported to the hospital. As they arrived at the hospital her oxygen saturation began to drop, the paramedic quickly realized there was still part of the obstruction in her airway. Using LifeVac again the last remaining part of the food bolus was dislodged.
The 90-year-old lady was examined at the hospital and discharged the same day.