Choking is among the leading causes of death in the US. What seems like an innocuous accident can actually take one’s life. This is why First Aid training
also includes the procedure to follow when someone is choking. Here are detailed steps on what to do if you see someone is choking.
When to call 911
Not every choking case is fatal. If the person can spit out the obstructions within seconds, there is no need to worry. But you must immediately call 911 if:
• The choking person is having trouble breathing
• The choking person becomes unconscious
What you can do in the meanwhile
The ambulance will take some time to come. In the meanwhile, wrap your arms around the person’s waist from behind. Place your clenched fist just above the person’s navel. Hold the clenched fist with the other hand and quickly pull the clenched fists inwards and upwards. Repeat the abdominal thrusts 5 times. The action may dislodge the obstructing object and the person will split out.
What to remember:
Use your First Aid training if:
• Only attempt to take out the obstructing object if you can actually see it.
• Do not try to take out the object by using a finger sweep.