Anti-choking device unveiled to combat spike in elderly deaths

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A manual anti-choking device has been designed to tackle the rising number of deaths caused by choking, following a 17% rise in the UK in 2016.

Over the 12-month period there were 289 recorded deaths from choking in England, Scotland and Wales, up from 246 in 2015. While 246 of the total deaths in 2016 were related to food, 75% of incidents concerned individuals over the age of 60, according to the Office of National Statistics.

In order to combat the rising number of food-related deaths in those over 60, Dechoker UK has released the Dechoker, a manually-operated device which can be used to remove an obstruction causing a person to choke, and is specifically designed to be simple and easy to use with minimal instruction.

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Used in conjunction with existing first aid procedures, the device employs a respiratory mask to cover the mouth, and a sealed cylinder to create a vacuum which draws the blockage from the airway allowing breathing to return to normal.

Matt Oakley, from Dechoker UK, said: “Our customers tell us that one of their biggest fears is choking. The speed at which a serious incident can arise, the frequency of choking events and the difficulties associated with responding were given as reasons for their worries. The implications and effects of a more serious choking incident are all too obvious.”

Dechoker UK received usage guidance from the MHRA last month and the device is now available through a reseller network.

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