Cardiac arrest and chewing gum - an unfortunate combination
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We report a case of successful resuscitation after cardiac arrest associated with obstruction of the airway by chewing gum. In December 2005, in Port Hedland, Western Australia, a 57-year-old electrician was found unconscious by workmates 5 minutes after he was seen working normally. He was not breathing and had no pulse. Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was commenced immediately and an ambulance arrived within 3 minutes. Cardiac monitoring showed the patient was in ventricular fibrillation. Direct-current defibrillation was performed three times, resulting in reversion to ventricular tachycardia, rapid atrial fibrillation and, within minutes, spontaneous reversion to sinus rhythm.
Medical Journal of Australia
Thompson AG, Razak S, Jayasinghe R. Cardiac arrest and chewing gum — an unfortunate combination. Med J Aust 2007; 187 (11): 635. © Copyright 2007 The Medical Journal of Australia – reproduced with permission.