Suffocation results when oxygen-containing air is prevented from entering the lungs. Suffocation may be caused by complete blockage of the airway in CHOKING; blocking of the nose and mouth by, for example, a plastic bag or pillow; or liquids blocking the airway, as in drowning. It may also occur if smoke and other gases in the air prevent enough oxygen reaching the lungs, or if inhaled poisons interfere with absorption of oxygen from the lungs into the blood.
Immediate action is needed to prevent brain damage or death from suffocation.
Symptoms and signs
These depend on the cause of suffocation, and may include
First aid treatment
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