CHOKING

Choking is very common and has happened to all of us some or other time. There are 2 types of airway blockages we find in choking victims;

Partial Obstruction – The patient has an airway blockage but is still able to speak and breathe.

Complete Obstruction – The patient has an airway blockage but is unable to speak or breathe. This is life threatening and requires immediate action.

Here are simple steps to use in assisting a person (Adult or Child) who is choking;

Choking Adult or Child (over 1 year old)
Ask “Are you choking?”
If the victim is able to cough, talk or breathe,
just encourage coughing.
If not, stand or kneel behind the victim and
grab your fist just above the victim’s navel.
Perform up to 5 rapid inward and upward
abdominal thrusts.

Victim must stand with their back leaned forward.
If unsuccessful, do up to 5 back slaps.
Repeat abdominal thrusts and back slaps
until the object is dislodged or victim
becomes unconscious.
If the victim is markedly obese or in late
pregnancy, do up to 5 rapid chest thrusts
(instead of abdominal thrusts).
If unsuccessful, do up to 5 back slaps.
Repeat chest thrusts and back slaps until the
object is dislodged or victim becomes
unconscious.
If victim becomes unconscious, start CPR and
call 112 (Cellphone) or 10177
If you see an object in the mouth, carefully
remove it.

Hope this has been helpful…….Till next time, stay safe.

 

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