Springfield Gardens, NY
The LifeVac rescue suction device has registered its eighth global save and first from an emergency medical services response team. EMS rescue worker, Christos Dimitriadis, from E.K.A.B. in Athens, Greece reported the save. “On October 21st, 2017 we received a call regarding a possible choking and foreign body airway obstruction to a 40-year-old woman”, said Mr. Dimitriadis. “The nearest ambulance arrived within two minutes and began airway obstruction protocol, including the Heimlich and back blows, with no effect. Our vehicle arrived after another four minutes and we immediately began using the LifeVac. After three technical suctions the foreign object was removed from the oral cavity. We confirmed the patient’s vitals were normal and released, Dimitriadis added.
“We are always pleased when we learn of a LifeVac rescue,” said Arthur Lih, Founder and CEO of LifeVac. “This save is a call to action. Time is critical in a choking event. We need all EMS vehicles to have LifeVac available when the Heimlich and back blows do not clear the airway as in the E.K.A.B. rescue,” Lih continued. “Awareness equals saved lives”.
Mr. Dimitriadis adds “LifeVac is ultimately a great tool that must be in the possession of healthcare professionals and, frankly, in the possession of everyone”.
About LifeVac – LifeVac is a non-powered, single patient, portable suction apparatus designed to save the life of a choking victim.
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