Individuals who are experiencing opioid overdose should be ventilated with 100% oxygen before naloxone is administered so as to reduce the risk of acute lung injury.
SAMSHA, Dept. of Health and Human Services, USA
Five Essential Steps To Take When A Person Overdoses On Opioid Drugs:
Call For Help (Dial 911)
Check for signs of opioid overdose
Support the person’s breathing by activating the R15 Emergency Oxygen
Monitor the person’s response
The ability to rapidly administer oxygen prior to the arrival of the ambulance for the critical minutes prior to their arrival will be a great benefit to our patients, especially those in cardiac arrest and/or those in respiratory arrest due to Opioid Drug overdoses.
Adam Feck, Fire Officer/EMT/Director, IAmResponding.com