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Choking - adult or child over 1 year

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Alternative Names:
Heimlich maneuver - adult or child over 1 year
First Aid:
  1. Ask, "Are you choking? Can you speak?"
    DO NOT perform first aid if the person is coughing forcefully and able to speak -- a strong cough can dislodge the object.
  2. Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around the person's waist.
  3. Make a fist with one hand. Place the thumb side of your fist just above the person's navel, well below the breastbone.
  4. Grasp the fist with your other hand.
  5. Make quick, upward and inward thrusts with your fist.
  6. Continue these thrusts until the object is dislodged or the victim loses consciousness.

IF THE PERSON LOSES CONSCIOUSNESS

  • Lower the person to the floor.
  • Call 911 -- or tell someone to call 911.
  • Begin CPR.
  • If you see something blocking the airway, try to remove it.

FOR PREGNANT OR OBESE PEOPLE

  1. Wrap your arms around the person's CHEST.
  2. Place your fist on the MIDDLE of the breastbone between the nipples.
  3. Make firm, backward thrusts.
Do Not:
  • DO NOT interfere if the person is coughing forcefully, able to speak, or is able to breathe in and out adequately. However, be ready to act immediately if the person's symptoms worsen.
  • DO NOT try to grasp and pull out the object if the person is conscious.
Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if:
When the person is choking:
  • Tell someone to call 911 while you begin first aid.
  • If you are alone, shout for help and begin first aid.

After the object is successfully dislodged, the person should see a doctor because complications can arise.

In the days following a choking episode, contact a doctor immediately if the person develops symptoms of wheezing, persistent cough, or pneumonia. These could indicate that the object entered the lung instead of being expelled.

Heimlich maneuver on adult
Heimlich maneuver on adult
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Choking
Heimlich maneuver on an adult
Heimlich maneuver on an adult
Heimlich maneuver on conscious child
Heimlich maneuver on conscious child
Heimlich maneuver on conscious child
Heimlich maneuver on conscious child
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