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Take a moment to appreciate your own breathing. It’s amazing. The whole process feels natural and effortless, yet the biology and physics of how we breathe is truly mind-blowing. This blog will focus on pulmonary surfactant, and it’s impact on a drowning situation
 
Pulmonary Surfactant.
Pulmonary surfactant is a naturally occurring chemical that lines the inside walls of our alveoli. Without the surfactant our alveoli would collapse and they would be impossible to reinflate by the natural breathing process. We would quickly suffocate.
 
The drowning victim.
If someone has been in a drowning situation, water may have entered the lungs. If it has got down to some of the alveoli, this extra water will react with the surfactant and create a froth. This is a very bad situation.
 
First Aid treatment for the drowning victim.
The resuscitation protocol for a drowning victim, who is not breathing normally, is to start by giving 5 rescue breaths. If you see froth coming from the patient's mouth, you may find this off-putting and be tempted to do chest compressions only. Don't be put off!

 

ALWAYS GIVE 5 RESCUE BREATHS FOR A DROWNING PATIENT,                ………EVEN IF FROTH IS PRESENT IN THEIR MOUTH.

THIS PERSON NEEDS THE OXYGEN THAT YOU CAN GIVE THEM.



It may be harder to see and feel the chest rise because their surfactant levels are now reduced, but blow steadily and firmly. These 5 rescue breaths must be successful. Once the 5 rescue breaths have been given, continue your resuscitation protocol at 30:2 and ensure that someone is calling 999.
 
Training candidates on First Aid courses to manage a drowning patient.
When I'm training people who work or play by water, I don't go into the biology or physics of pulmonary surfactant. However, when they are practising on the mannequins, the scenarios are developed. I now put froth in the mouth of the mannequin. The candidates have to ignore this and proceed with the correct resuscitation protocol. Without rescue breaths the patient will die.
 
If you work or play by water and would like further information on how I could help you and your team with their First Aid training then please get in touch.
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