Steps to deal with chok­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

St John has es­sen­tial firstaid tips about what to do if some­one chokes on food.

If they are breath­ing (mov­ing air or cough­ing), do not pro­vide any spe­cific first aid. Stay with them and be pre­pared to help if they de­te­ri­o­rate. If they are not breath­ing: 1. If they are con­scious thump their back be­tween their shoul­der blades us­ing the palm of your hand. Do this with their head be­low the level of their shoul­ders (for ex­am­ple by get­ting them to bend for­ward). If pos­si­ble this can be done in a small child by get­ting some­one to hold them up­side down by their feet. Keep thump­ing their back un­til they re­cover or they be­come un­con­scious.

2. If they are un­con­scious lie them on their back and start CPR.

3. Call 111 and ask for an am­bu­lance.

Ab­dom­i­nal thrusts are no longer rec­om­mended be­cause they can cause very se­vere in­ter­nal in­juries.

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