Previously published in Examiner
Conclusion of the first aid for choking series
The choking game
Teenagers are known for reckless behavior and they are not beyond doing some things that can result in death. One of the latest crazes is called the choking game. In this game the teens are findings ways of cutting off their oxygen supply to the point of near asphyxiation. The game to them is fun, they say it feels like fainting and what they do is to block off the oxygen supply of the player until they pass out.
The game can proof to be fatal, but even if it it doesn’t lead to death it can cause irreparable brain damage, seizures, memory loss, or concussions. Each episode will increase the risk of brain damage and death.
Montreal boy dies from self-asphyxiation
On June 25, 2010, a young 12-year-old boy from L’Ange Gardien, Quebec. was a victim of the choking game. He was found in his home after hanging from ropes which led to self-asphyxiation. These kids do these things for the rush they get from the loss of oxygen. The Montreal autopsy report and preceding investigation confirmed that he had been playing the choking game and had not intended to commit suicide.
Parents please talk to you kids and if you suspect your kids or their friends are participating in this dangerous game please alert their parents and the proper authorities if need be.
First aid courses and training in Montreal
McGill University offers a first aid training course see the schedule at the site for summer and fall 2010 courses.
CPR-Pro.com will also provide first aid courses as long as there is a minimum of 6 people who require instruction
Visit the Montreal Red Cross site for information on their first aid courses
St. John’s Ambulance also provide first aid courses visit their site: for more information.
Mayo Clinic Staff: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-choking/fa00025