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Breathing Emergencies

Do you know...... Respiratory distress or difficulty breathing, is evidenced by signs and symptoms such as shortness of breath, gasping for breath, hyperventilation (breathing that is faster and shallower then normal), or breathing that is uncomfortable or painful.  Respiratory distress can lead to respiratory arrest which is the absence of breathing.  What are the causes?   What are some signs and symptoms of respiratory distress?   What is first aid care for respiratory distress?  

Another breathing emergency is asthma, which is a chronic illness in which certain substances or conditions, called triggers cause inflammation and narrowing of the airways, making breathing difficult.  What is the cause?  What are some signs and symptoms of an asthma attack?  What is first aid care for asthma?

These are all life threatening illnesses.   Without the proper care the results could be fatal.  It is time to learn how to be prepared if someone suddenly suffers from a breathing emergency!

A true story - A mom who was known to have asthma was driving with her family in the car.  She was prescribed an inhaler to use in emergencies.  They were enjoying their day together finishing up some last holiday shopping.  Suddenly she was having an asthma attack.  She quickly pulled over and started looking for her inhaler.  As they all frantically searched for the inhaler they called 9-1-1.  Her condition was getting worse.  The inhaler was not effective.  They were prepared.  They knew what to do.   

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