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Lifeguards resusitate drowned man on camera

Lifeguards resuscitate drowned man on camera

Trigger warning: This video shows a casualty in cardiac arrest followed by successful resuscitation.

The Bondi rescue clip is infamous among first aid and lifeguard trainers around the UK, showing an overseas student to Australia, Takahiro Ono, being pulled from the water.

The Lifeguards work quickly to assess that there is no breathing or pulse present, before giving oxygen and starting chest compressions. (UK first aiders and lifeguards shouldn’t worry too much about the subtle difference between your training and Bondi’s techniques and processes).

The reason that this clip is so popular (over 1.5 million views), is due to the clear sign of what looks like breathing to the untrained life saver at 1:51, 2:02, 2:10, 2:15, 2:18 and 2:21.

However, if you are lucky enough to have attended a Basic Life Support course over recent years, you will recognise this as agonal gasps or often termed terminal breath or death rattle. Agonal gasps are described as “In the first few minutes after cardiac arrest a casualty may be barely breathing or taking infrequent, slow, noisy gasps (snoring sound). This is often termed as agonal gasps and must not be confused with normal breathing” RLSS UK

Agonal gasps (or unusual breathing) in a casualty who is unresponsive is a sign to start CPR.

This video ends on a positive note as Takahiro makes a full recovery, and even returns to thank the Lifeguards in a later series.

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