USEFUL IN DROWNING, ELECTRICITY ACCIDENTS, SUFFOCATION, etc.
First try tickling the throat with a straw or feather. If tickling the throat fails, try artificial respiration. (See Illustrations, p. 1146H.)
Artificial Respiration. Remove coat and shirt. Turn patient on his back with coat rolled up under shoulders. Let head drop backward. Pull out his tongue, and keep it out by tying it to lower jaw. This may be done with a handkerchief crossed under chin and tied back of neck; or else thrust a long pin through the tongue, being sure it is long enough to rest against the teeth and keep the tongue out.
Kneel at his head, grasp his arms just below the elbows, draw his arms outward, then upward to sides of head. This expands the chest. Bring his arms down along his sides in front of chest, and press inward on chest firmly. This drives air out of lungs. Alternate these movements slowly about fifteen times per minute. Continue for at least one hour. Apply ammonia or smelling salts to the nostrils at intervals.
Do not be easily discouraged. Life has sometimes been restored only after several hours' work. When breathing is restored, wrap in blankets. Rub whole body briskly, rubbing toward the heart. Give stimulants, though very cautiously.
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