Tuesday 24 October 2017

Choking in children and adults

Kate Hilpern

The British Red Cross advises the following for anyone over one year old.

Give five back blows between the shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.

Check the mouth quickly after each one and remove any obvious obstruction. If the obstruction is still present:

Give up to five abdominal thrusts. Place a clenched fist between the navel and the bottom of the breast bone and pull inwards and upwards. Check the mouth quickly after each one. If the obstruction does not clear after three cycles of back blows and abdominal thrusts, dial 999 (or 112) for an ambulance.

Continue cycles of back blows and abdominal thrusts until help arrives and resuscitate if necessary. Any casualty who has been given abdominal thrusts must seek medical advice.

Independent News Service

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