What is Asphyxia? Called the Chief of Police to be the Most Cause of Death in the Kanjuruhan Tragedy

Suara.com – Asphyxia is said to be the most common cause of death in the Kanjuruhan Malang tragedy on Saturday (1/10/2022). This was revealed by the National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo.

“Most of those who died had asphyxia,” he said at a press conference at the Malang City Police, Malang, East Java during the determination of the suspect in the Kanjuruhan tragedy on Thursday (6/10/2022) night.

So what is the asphyxia that the Chief of the National Police called most of the victims of the Kanjuruhan tragedy? Check out the following explanation.

What is Asphyxia?

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Asphyxia is a condition of lack of oxygen or excess of carbon dioxide in the body. This condition is categorized as a medical emergency. Because if not treated quickly and appropriately can be life-threatening.

Asphyxia Symptoms

Asphyxia can cause a number of symptoms, including:

  • hoarseness
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • pale and blue skin
  • hard to swallow
  • blurred vision
  • emergency
  • hard to breathe
  • hyperventilation
  • broken concentration
  • abnormal heart rate
  • body feels weak

Even in more severe conditions, asphyxia can cause failure of several other body organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, and brain.

Causes of Asphyxia

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One type of asphyxia is exposure to chemicals. This is in line with the Kanjuruhan tragedy where Arema fans were sprayed with tear gas.

1. Exposure to Chemicals

This type of asphyxia is caused by exposure to chemicals that cut off the body’s oxygen supply. These substances replace oxygen in the lungs so that it interferes with the process of delivering oxygen in the blood. An example of a chemical that can cause asphyxia is carbon monoxide. It is known that inhaling large amounts of carbon monoxide can cause carbon dioxide poisoning.

Chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS) is the most common chemical used to make tear gas. Under certain circumstances, exposure to tear gas can cause respiratory distress, as happened in the Kanjuruhan tragedy.

2. Asma

Asthma is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the airways. Severe asthma attacks make the airways swell and narrow so that if left untreated, this condition can cut off oxygen supply. This is also one of the causes of asphyxia in the Kanjuruhan tragedy.

Tear Gas in Kanjuruhan Tragedy

The National Police Chief Sigit said that the police investigation revealed that many victims had fallen after security officers fired tear gas. According to Sigit, tear gas was fired after many spectators took to the field after the Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya match ended. The National Police Chief said tear gas was released to dissuade spectators from taking to the field.

There were 11 personnel who fired tear gas, including 8 shots at the stands and 3 others into the field. This condition caused the spectators in the stands to panic and try to leave the stadium.

Contributors: Trias Rohmadoni

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