Positional Asphyxia

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A form of asphyxia which occurs when body position prevents adequate gas exchange, such as from upper airway obstruction or a limitation in chest wall expansion, e.g., due to steering wheel compression
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The Tarrant County medical examiner testified during trial that Tomlin died partially from smothering, but also from positional asphyxia, meaning he suffocated after being left in a dangerous position unable to move.
Dr Youd gave Mr Jones' cause of death as positional asphyxia after a road traffic collision and alcohol intoxication.
The Baltimore Chief Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death a homicide as a result of positional asphyxia.
Were police guidelines or training regarding restraint, use of CS and pepper spray and positional asphyxia sufficient and followed correctly?
Ms Monaghan added police should improve the training given to officers about positional asphyxia.
Many of the other deaths were caused either by positional asphyxia, with the head falling forward to close off the airway, or by a device tipping over and smothering the baby.
Incorporating lessons learned from actual events in some chapters, he addresses the identification of threats and vulnerability, situational awareness from the strategic and tactical standpoint, resources, and managing terrorism, natural disasters, evacuations, epidemics, pandemics, quarantines, mass fatality events, agricultural terrorism, emerging threat groups, and excited delirium and positional asphyxia, as well as special considerations like canine deployment, domestic violence involving police officers, hostage negotiation, suicide threats, drug laboratory response, and school crisis response.
Dr Egan said that he found no signs of positional asphyxia - which occurs when someone's position prevents the person from breathing adequately.
This along with the significant amount of venous congestion observed in the head and neck leads to the conclusion that [t]he immediate cause of death was due to positional asphyxia.
An inquest found he died of positional asphyxia in the back of a police van.
The infant was not secured in the harness and the medical examiner ruled the cause of death was positional asphyxia.
A postmortem by State pathologist Professor Marie Cassidy found the death was a sudden unexpected death in infancy due to prematurity and positional asphyxia.
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