Positional Asphyxia DEFINITION: “THE POSITION OF ONE’S OWN BODY INTERFERES WITH THE RESTRAINED PERSON’S ABILITY TO BREATHE AND THE PERSON CANNOT GET ENOUGH OXYGEN”
Positional Asphyxia Oxygen is necessary for our muscles and organs to function Asphyxia is caused by depriving the muscles and organs of oxygen Oxygen enters the blood through the lungs and is pumped to the muscles and organs by the heart
Air can be prevented from entering the lungs by either obstructing the airway or stopping the chest wall from moving Positional Asphyxia AIRFLOW TO LUNGS CHEST EXPANDS TO BRING IN AIR
Never place weight or pressure on chest , stomach or back
Never put pressure on the neck or put the head in a position that compresses the neck .
Never restrain on a soft surface (mattress) or place a pillow, towel under the head or over the mouth.
If student says “you are hurting me’ or “I can’t breathe” adjust hold and make sure you are not putting pressure or weight on the student. If any signs of distress end restraint and seek medical attention.
Never allow student to continue lying on the floor after restraint. Get the student up and checked by medical staff .
Always keep the arms close to the floor . Do not raise them up as that might cause pain and decrease ability to breathe.
In the small child, do not lean over or press forward on the back as this could critically restrict ability to breathe .