February 01, 1988 12:00 PM

Suppose your spouse is having a heart attack, your child is drowning or your backyard barbecue turns into a backyard crisis when a guest chokes on the entree. What do you do? Five of the deadliest home medical emergencies are dramatized in this 31-minute tape, along with paramedic techniques that can help you save a life. Dallas physician Dr. Lawrence Magruder explains how to recognize a heart attack (a squeezing pain in the chest, profuse sweating, labored breathing) or shock (dilated pupils, faint pulse, nausea); how to administer CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to keep the lungs working and blood circulating, and how to use the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge an obstruction in the windpipe. He then explains how to treat poison or drug-overdose victims, how to stop severe bleeding and how to identify and treat first-, second-and third-degree burns. It’s no substitute for a first-aid training course, but this crisply produced tape is much better than no preparation at all. (Home Emergency Video, Ltd. $24.95; 800-453-6200)

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