Groups Who MUST Prepare and Keep Rescue Products Nearby

A Choking Rescue Device helps you to avoid death from choking. But who will need Rescue Products? Which groups are the most easily get choked. Here are some answers:

First Group: Children

The tendency of babies and toddlers to put objects in their mouths as they explore the world with their senses occurs during a stage when their airway (trachea) and ability to chew and swallow are not fully developed. This mismatch in activity and development levels makes them highly vulnerable to choking.

Babies have a natural ability to suck and swallow, and their involuntary reflexes—gag, cough and glottic closure—help prevent aspiration. But a small airway is easily obstructed.

According to American Academy of Pediatrics (2020)

Second Group: People with inadequate dentition

Person features that increase choking risk relate to inadequate dentition, difficulty maintaining posture and positioning, fatigue during meals and impaired function as a result of medication and poor decision-making capacity. A loss of dentition affects healthy and frail elders. Although obvious, adequate dentition is critical to effective chewing and bolus preparation to prevent choking. There is a high correlation between absent teeth, ill-fitting dentures, dental disease and sudden choking deaths [32,38]. Insufficient teeth or poor fitting dentures reduce chewing efficiency to produce a coarse, poorly chewed bolus, resulting in coughing and choking [39]. The lack of adequate dentition in and of itself therefore produces an oral stage dysphagia, resulting in poor bolus preparation and formation. If poor bolus preparation is accompanied by cognitive decline that impairs the ability to decide whether the bolus has been adequately chewed, or a physical inability to spit out an improperly chewed bolus, choking risk increases.

Cichero JAY. Age-Related Changes to Eating and Swallowing Impact Frailty: Aspiration, Choking Risk, Modified Food Texture and Autonomy of Choice. Geriatrics (Basel). 2018 Oct 12;3(4):69. doi: 10.3390/geriatrics3040069. PMID: 31011104; PMCID: PMC6371116.

Third Group: Adults / Elderly with Difficulty Swallowing or Dysphagia

Dysphagia is a medical term for difficulty swallowing. Dysphagia can be a painful condition. In some cases, swallowing is impossible.

Symptoms associated with dysphagia can include:

Pain while swallowing.
Not being able to swallow.
Feeling as if food is stuck in the throat or chest or behind the breastbone.
Food coming back up, called regurgitation.
Frequent heartburn.
Food or stomach acid backing up into the throat.
Weight loss.
Coughing or gagging when swallowing.

From Mayo Clinic

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