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10.15.2010

Weekend Sip Tip

10.15.2010
We've already talked about how to take care of a drunk friend and what to watch for in case of alcohol poisoning. Need a refresher? Remember your ABC's. A = Airway. Check to make sure that the airway is clear and not blocked by vomit. B = Breathing. Watch their breathing and decide if it is slower than 8 breaths a minute or if it is erratic. C = Circulation. Touch your friends wrist. Can you feel their pulse? Is it strong and steady? Also check that their skin is warm and dry to the touch. D = Don't leave them alone. Keep an eye on them and check the ABC's every 15 minutes to ensure they are constant. If anything changes, then E = Emergency assistance. Even one warning sign is enough to call for help. As said, it's always better to be safe than sorry! While watching out for your friend, use the Bacchus Maneuver (click right) to position them. It keeps a clear airway in case they do happen to vomit. Once the morning comes and they awake, greet them with a big glass of water, but steer clear of the aspirin. The active ingredient (acetaminophen) can cause liver damage and the night before has already done plenty of that! While watching your drunk friend sleep it off may not sound like your idea of a fun night, know that you helped to potentially save a life. Good friends look out for each other. Be a good friend yourself and be sure not to overdo it, Stop@Buzzed!

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