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What are some causes of respiratory distress and respiratory arrest?

Causes of respiratory distress and respiratory arrest include:

  • Choking 
  • Illness
  • Chronic conditions, such as asthma
  • Electrocution
  • Injury to the head or brain stem, chest, lungs or abdomen
  • Allergic reactions
  • Drug overdose (especially alcohol, narcotic painkillers, barbiturates, anesthetics and other depressants)
  • Poisoning
  • Emotional distress
  • Drowning

 

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