What is Foreign Object Inhaled?
- It is the accidental entry of foreign object into airways through the nostrils. This condition may be mild or severe, requiring emergency medical attention, depending on where the object is lodged
- The condition can lead to irritation, pain, and discharge from the nose. In many cases, Foreign Objects Inhaled are removed by a qualified medical professional
What are the Causes of Foreign Object Inhaled?
Accidental inhalation of toys (toy-parts), stones, beads, and other debris.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Foreign Object Inhaled?
The signs and symptoms of ‘Foreign Object Inhaled’ include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Discharge or bleeding from nose
How is First Aid administered for Foreign Object Inhaled?
Call 911 (or your local emergency number), or seek immediate medical attention. While awaiting help from a qualified medical professional, the following First Aid may be administered for ‘Foreign Object Inhaled’:
If the inhaled object causes choking:
- Perform 5 back blows with the heel of the hand, between the shoulder blades of the victim
- Perform 5 abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver)
- Standing behind the person, grab the person around the abdomen with both hands, and one hand rolled into a fist
- Have the person tip forward slightly and press the abdomen hard with an upward thrust, as if trying to lift the person up
- Keep performing 5 blows and 5 abdominal thrusts alternatively, till the blockage is dislodged
- If you are performing abdominal thrusts on yourself:
- Hold fist of one hand with the other, a little above the navel
- Bend over on a hard surface and move fist upward and inward
Who should administer First Aid for Foreign Object Inhaled?
The individual (himself/herself) with ‘Foreign Object Inhaled’ or someone nearby, or a medical health professional, can administer First Aid.
What is the Prognosis of Foreign Object Inhaled?
The prognosis is dependent on many factors; but, with timely help/intervention, it is usually good.
How can Foreign Object Inhaled be Prevented?
A few helpful tips to prevent ‘Foreign Object Inhaled’:
- Avoid letting children play with small toys/toy-parts, in the absence of any constant adult supervision
- Stay away from construction sites, or other places with heavy debris particulates that could be inhaled
- Use a face mask in polluted areas
- Learn to perform CPR and abdominal thrusts
What are certain Crucial Steps to be followed?
- Call 911 (or your local emergency number), or seek medical help
- Back blows or abdominal thrusts should be performed without delay, in cases of choking