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Dr. Christina Johns
Senior Medical Advisor, PM Pediatrics

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    | General Medical, Safety

    When a Child Chokes

    Most people think of the alphabet song, typically sung to the tune of “Twinkle, twinkle, little star” when they hear the “ABCs.” Me? Not so much. I think of Airway, Breathing, and Circulation. This is drilled into every young emergency medicine trainee’s mind over and over, and in succession. You can’t have B(reathing) if you don’t have an A(irway), etc. It sticks with you, trust me. So that’s where we always start in our patient assessment. “Does this person have an airway?” Sort of an unusual thing to say, right-? Well, maybe not. Stay with me here: what is meant by this is whether or not the child has a patent (or open) airway. If so, it’s appropriate to proceed onto the breathing assessment, and if not, the clinical work entails establishing an airway. By whatever means necessary, and sometimes that entails inserting a breathing tube into the airway. Thankfully, that’s not often. This preamble […]

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