…..place it on their chest in the same place as you would for CPR. The thumb side of the fist should be in contact with the chest.
Place the other hand on top of the fist and then draw your hands towards you (see images below). The speed and delivery of the chest thrusts are similar to CPR but given at a slower rate, and the thrust is more distinctive. The purpose is to dislodge the obstruction with one thrust, so always check to see if this has been successful between thrusts.
As long as the person remains conscious and the obstruction remains, continue repeating five back blows and five chest thrusts until the desired result is achieved or the person becomes unconscious. (We will look at what to do if a person becomes unconscious from severe airway obstruction this week)
Tomorrow we will look at how to help at Infant with an obstructed airway….
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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