It is paramount to remove the poppy seed as soon
as possible. The longer it remains in the patients
teeth, the greater the risk of embarrassment.
Follow these steps:
to signal the patient.
Use a VHF radio or a high-decibel whistle to get
his attention. Reflective surfaces such as a wristwatch
or eyeglasses can be used as signalling devices
if nothing else is available. You can use them to
reflect sunlight or, if you are indoors, throw them
forcefully at the head and chest area of the patient.
you have the patients attention,
use your extended index finger to point to your
teeth. Tap your teeth smartly if necessary.
should be able to dislodge poppy seed
with a fingernail, matchbook cover, ice axe, or