Why Heimlich Device or Choking Rescue Devices Are Necessary

You may have an idea about why Heimlich Device or choking Rescue Devices are necessary after viewing the following statistics.

 In 2021, there were around 5,325 choking deaths in the United States. Death from choking is more common among the elderly with food most often responsible for such incidents. The use of abdominal thrusts, or the Heimlich Maneuver, is suggested to dislodge objects and prevent suffocation.

Death from choking

In the United States, the odds of one dying from choking on food is around 1 in 2,659. These odds are greater than the odds of dying from an accidental gun discharge or as a passenger on a plane. In 2021, there were around 1.6 deaths from choking per 100,000 population.

Choking among children

Choking is also hazardous among young children. Young children are not only in danger of choking on food, but also of choking on small objects, such as toys with small parts. Choking, strangulation, or suffocation are some of the leading reasons for the recall of children’s products in the United States. The other most common reasons for such recalls include the danger of bodily harm and risk of flammability, burn or electric shock.

Published by  John Elflein, Aug 31, 2023


Number of choking-deaths in the U.S. 1945-2021

Number of choking-deaths in the U.S. 1945-2021

Famous ones also share choking risks

  • 1967: Jimmie Foxx, famous Major League Baseball player, died by choking on a bone on 21 July 1967 aged 59.
  • 1970: Jimi Hendrix (27), choked on his aspirated vomit while unconscious with barbiturates.
  • 1971: T. V. Soong (76), former premier of Republic of China
  • 1978: Dingle Foot (72), well known British politician and brother to future Labour Party Leader Michael Foot died in a Hong Kong hotel after choking on bone in a chicken sandwich.
  • 1980: John Bonham (32), Led Zeppelin drummer. Bonham had consumed around 40 shots (1–1.4 litres) of 40% ABV vodka in a 24 hour period, after which he vomited and choked (a condition known as pulmonary aspiration). The finding was accidental death.
  • 1980 Bon Scott (33) the lead vocalist and lyricist of the hard rock band AC/DC The official report of the coroner concluded that Scott had died of “acute alcohol poisoning (which made him choked to death on his own vomit)” and classified it as “Death by misadventure“.
  • 1981: Christy Brown (49)
  • 2009: Christopher Nolan (43), Irish poet and author.
  • 2015: Praful Bidwai (66), Indian journalist and activist, died by choking on food on 23 June 2015 at a conference in Amsterdam.[circular reference]
  • 2017: American rapper Prodigy (42) of Mobb Deep, died by accidental choking.

List of choking deaths From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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