A supported living service on the South Coast has become the latest Adult Care provider to deploy a Dechoker ACD when a a resident began to choke. The Risk Assessment completed by the care provider had demonstrated that in the event of a choking incident a response would have been very limited.
Whilst back blows and abdominal thrusts may be suitable for the majority, as a permanent wheelchair user it is clear the the latter or, even both of these procedures, will present a challenge.
When paramedics arrive they will also face the challenge of managing the individual. In order to attempt to remove the obstruction they will need to be placed on the floor, adding further time and distress.
The Dechoker ACD has been designed to be used when the person choking is either sitting down or sitting up, e.g. wheelchair, dining chair or in bed.
To find out how effective a Dechoker ACD is you can read the NHS Study and watch a demo on our website.