Choking advice

Recognition

  • The person can’t breathe as their airway is blocked by food or foreign object
  • They may become red in the face and neck, clutch at their throat, or point to their mouth
  • Most choking incidents are fairly minor and can be relieved by coughing alone. if the blockage is severe, coughing may not clear the obstruction so the person needs help

 

Your aims

  • To remove the obstruction
  • To arrange urgent removal to hospital if necessary

 

Caution

If at any stage the person loses consciousness, open the airway and check for breathing. if the person is not breathing, begin CPR to try to relieve the obstruction.

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