General Emergency Directions

In many emergency situations, the general appearance of a sick (or injured) person may give the impression that they are dead, but it is not a real death, but a state of numbness (apparent death).

SURE SIGNS OF THE RIGHT OF DEATH: deep fainting, cessation of breathing and heartbeat, blurring of the cornea of ​​the eye, and especially dead stiffness and dead spots, which occur on the lowest parts of the body. Stiffness and freckles occur only after 3-4 hours or more after termination of life. Until then, it has to be determined urgently whether breathing and heartbeat have stopped.

How is breathing and heart function tested? We test our breathing with a little cotton wool or with a small mirror that we place unconscious in front of our mouth and nose. If the cotton wool opens or the mirror blurs, it is a sign that it is breathing. Observing the abdomen and chest, breathing can be determined by their slight swelling and lowering.

Heartbeat - if it cannot be determined by touching the bio (pulse) - is established by listening to the chest in the area between the sternum and left breast. In suspicious cases, it should be assumed that this is only an apparent death and the most urgent approach to resuscitation.

Remember! The blood flow should not be interrupted for more than 3 minutes, and irreparable brain damage occurs, and the cessation of breathing for more than a quarter of an hour ends in death unless recovery is started by that time.

Denver ER - Emergency Room Denver - Sky Ridge Medical Center (November 2020)