Choking (Adult/Child Casualty)
If the casualty can cough forcefully, speak or breathe, do not touch them. Encourage them to cough.
- If the casualty can cough forcefully, speak or breathe, do not touch them. Encourage them to cough.
- If the casualty cannot do any of the above, call for medical assistance and begin abdominal thrusts.
- Stand behind the casualty ready to support him/her if they become unconscious.
- Find the top of the hip bones.
- Place a foot between the casualty’s feet for a solid position.
- Place your fist midline, just above your other hand.
- Hold the fist with the other hand and press inward and upward with a sudden forceful thrust.
- Make sure you do not press against the ribs with your forearms.
- Keep giving abdominal thrusts until either the object is removed or the casualty becomes unconscious.
- If the casualty becomes unconscious DO NOT PANIC.
- As the casualty collapses, lower him to the ground.
- Check the casualty for signs of normal breathing for no more than 10 seconds.
- If the casualty does not show signs or normal breathing then following the steps for CPR.
A downloadable and printable infographic of this information can be found here.
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