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Would you consider using mouth-to-mouth to save a homeless panhandler?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26829points) July 24th, 2010

In a discussion on how far to go in saving a homeless person if you were, say, leaving a diner or coffee shop and an unkempt homeless man panhandling you suddenly clutched his chest and dropped like a fallen log and stopped breathing would you give him mouth-to-mouth until the paramedics showed or would you simply call and hope the paramedics got there quick? Would it change things if the homeless woman was attractive, slender and youngish?

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NaturallyMe's avatar

I’m evil i know, but i won’t be able to do it. :( And if i did have to do it, i’d probably throw up all over the guy. I don’t even like shaking hands with strangers, never mind giving them mouth to mouth… :S

rooeytoo's avatar

I don’t think medical personnel put their mouths directly onto the mouth of the other. There is a thing that goes into their mouth and covers their lips. It seems I have read you can use your fist
and blow through it. I figure anything I did would be better than nothing so I would give it a go but I would want some sort of barrier between us. And that would hold true no matter what the person looked like or what their financial status happened to be.

LuckyGuy's avatar

911. Beyond that you’re on your own. I don’t want what you’ve got.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Oh no! Not the homeless panhandlers – clearly they’re so much more likely to have some kind of alien gross STD on top of HIV hitting Hep C with a herpes…rolls eyes – yes, I’d give them mouth to mouth.

NaturallyMe's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir That’s not the sole reason for my choice. Besides, i consider every stranger to stand an equal chance of having some nasty disease.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@NaturallyMe Sure. My response was to @Hypocrisy_Central, mostly.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir Ummm.never thought about the desease angle, it was mostly that people (at least a lot I know) would not see it as something they would do because the person aside of not being clean might not have brushed their teeth in weeks, have bad breath, or some other purely cosmetic thing, the thought of the person having AIDS, hepititus, etc never realy entered the conversation, guess because one doesn’t usually catch those through contact such as that.

MaryW's avatar

I agree with @rooeytoo I would use a fist as a barrier. I would stand aside if some one else volunteered first. I would rather have someone very confident with the proceedure to do it.

Frenchfry's avatar

Yes! Then disinfect. I don’t see just standing there and watching someone die. I would not be able to handle the guilt.

lillycoyote's avatar

It would sure be decent of you if you would because that homeless person could be my brother, who is homeless and schizophrenic, stubbornly resistant to treatment. He looks like every other homeless schizophrenic but he used to be a nice middle class boy until he got sick; and he has a master’s degree if that would make a difference.

El_Cadejo's avatar

If I actually knew wtf i was doing, yes. It wouldnt matter if they were homeless or the richest man, a life is a life and I cant just sit idly by and allow someone to die if i have the capabilities to prevent it from happening.

perspicacious's avatar

Yes. This reminds me I need to buy a mouth guard to keep in my purse.

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