Hopefully everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
This week we are going to discuss and learn about the First Aid for a conscious adult or child that is choking.
In order for us to deliver first aid, we would need to recognize that someone is choking. So we’ll list the signs and symptoms first.
The signs and symptoms of someone whom is severely choking will display some or all of the following:
The inability to cough or breathe
Change in facial color
Look of panic or wide eyes
One or both hands clutching the throat
High pitched noises
First Aid for a Choking Adult or Child
- Stand or kneel (for a small person or child) behind the person and wrap one arm diagonally across the person’s chest.
- Bend the person forward at the waist until the person’s upper airway is at least parallel to the ground.
- With the heel of your other hand, deliver 5 firm back blows between the shoulder blades.
- If the object has not dislodged, make a fist and place it just above the belly button.
- Place your other hand over your fist and pull sharply in and up, doing 5 abdominal thrusts.
- Continue the cycle of 5 firm back blows and 5 abdominal thrusts until the object comes out or the person begins to breathe or cough or becomes unconscious.
Choking Adult Information Poster link opens a pdf information sheet from the Canadian Red Cross
Choking Child First Aid link opens a pdf information sheet from the Canadian Red Cross
None of the above mentioned should be used in place of a First Aid Class. Register with us through the link below!