First Aid for Choking in Adults

First call an ambulance and then proceed with the following steps while the ambulance is arriving.

  1. Blows to the back
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Give up to 5 blows between the shoulder blades and the heel of your hand.

  1. If person is still choking, Do thrusts (For pregnant and obese people do abdominal thrusts)
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  • Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around the waist.
  • Place your clenched fist just above the person’s navel. Grab your fist with your other hand.
  • Quickly pull inward and upward as if trying to lift the person up.
  • Perform a total of 5 abdominal thrusts.
  • If the blockage is still not dislodged, continue cycles of 5 back blows and 5 abdominal thrusts until the object is coughed up or the person starts to breathe or cough.
  • Take the object out of his mouth only if you can see it. Never do finger sweep unless you can see the object in the person’s mouth.
  1. Give CPR, if necessary
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If the obstruction comes out, but the person is not breathing or if the person becomes unconscious, use CPR.

  1. Follow up

When emergency medical personnel arrive, they will take over and may do CPR to take the person to the hospital if need.

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Source: webmd

2018-03-23T12:39:20+00:00