Choking - Tutorial Number 4

Choking is the obstruction of an airway blocking air from reaching the lungs. Sometimes an object such as a piece of food can get stuck at the back of the throat and causing the person to choke. The obstruction needs to be cleared as quickly as possible to restore a clear airway to allow the person to breathe.

What is it?

A severe obstruction is when a person is unable to speak, cry, cough or breathe. A mild obstruction is when a person finds it difficult to breath, but is able to speak, cry, cough or breathe. Encouraging them to cough will enable them to clear the obstruction.

First aid aims:

  • Relieve the obstruction
  • Arrange for medical help if necessary

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