To establish whether someone is choking, ask them, “Are you choking”. If they can’t respond and they don’t have an effective cough then…….Deliver 5 back blows – Give 5 sharp blows between the shoulder blades with the heal of your hand, often the first blows will clear the obstruction.
If the back blows fail, position yourself behind the person, place a closed fist on the choking person’s chest, link your hands and provide a quick inward thrust. Give up to 5 chest thrusts if required.
If the obstruction is not cleared call 111.
Continue to deliver 5 back blows and 5 chest thrusts until either the obstruction is cleared, medical help arrives or the person becomes unconscious at any time. (we will cover unconscious and choking in a couple of days)
Tomorrow – stay tuned for the next question….
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