Perform CPR if there are no signs of breathing
If the person suddenly stops breathing or shows no sign of movement, perform CPR immediately.
Here are the steps to perform CPR:
- Open their mouth and make sure their airways are clear.
- Place both your hands at the center of their chest, and push hard. You should be pushing at a pace of about twice in one second. Do this about 30 times.
- Afterward, pinch their nose, and breathe into their mouth twice.
- Repeat the chest compressions and rescue breaths until they regain consciousness or help arrives.
While even untrained persons can perform CPR, it would be best to undergo CPR training if you can. This helps ensure that you know exactly what to do, and you’ll also learn how to perform CPR properly.
Stay with them until help arrives
It’s also important to stay with the person until help arrives. It’s also a good idea to talk to the paramedics, and inform them about what caused the allergy, and what time the severe allergy started.
One of the biggest problems for persons with allergies in the Philippines is the lack of availability of epinephrine auto-injectors. These are devices that persons with allergies use in case they suddenly experience anaphylactic shock.
It’s especially important for people to be aware of what to do in case someone has a severe allergic reaction. Until auto-injectors become more available, it’s up to us to do our best and help out in case someone experiences anaphylactic shock.
Learn more about Allergies here.