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March 11, 2010

Ill. cops praised for quick life-saving action

Heimlich maneuver saves choking woman from slipping into cardiac arrest

By Russell Lissau
Chicago Daily Herald

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. — Two Lincolnshire police officers are being praised for saving the life of a choking restaurant patron.

It was the second such lifesaving effort for one of the officers in less than a year.

Expert Perspective

Congratulations to the well trained, fast thinking officers who saved this woman’s life. Keeping this incident in mind, here are three quick things to think about relative to medical emergencies:

1. Are you ready? Make sure that at the very least, you’re trained on basic first aid. More advanced is even better. Quite often, police are the first on the scene in a medical emergency, so be sure you’re ready to provide preliminary care while waiting for EMS to arrive. This is particularly important if you’re in a rural area and EMS response may be delayed. The aid you’re prepared to render can make a life-or-death difference.

2. Is your kit ready? Consider consulting with a local nurse or physician about what you should carry in your first aid/trauma kit.

3. Are you specifically trained for your region? Be sure to take regional anomalies into consideration when you’re training for first aid response so you’re prepared for medical emergencies that you might see more often than others from different areas.

Read more: Medical emergencies: 3 things to think about

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