Saturday, January 24, 2009

Foreign Body Airway Obstruction

I thought of EE's Young Teeny-bopper Student as I worked triage last night. Middle age gentleman ran up to the desk with hysterical wife in tow, who explained that her husband had started choking on a piece of steak while they were eating out. A physician on scene performed the Heimlich maneuver and then recommended the guy head to the ER to get checked out. Upon arrival, he stood hunched over the desk, still having difficulty breathing. As the nurse registered the patient and I began to get a set of vital signs, the gentleman suddenly vomited all over the desk, finally expelling the offending bit of meat.

He then plopped himself into the chair, wiped off his mouth, and proclaimed "that felt good."