CPR AED First Aid

Adult & Child Choking

choking CPR


Check the Scene

  - make sure it is safe for you to help the choking victim.   Don't become another victim yourself.

Check the Victim

  - Ask if they are choking.   If they can not cough, speak, or breathe, then they need help.

Call for Help

  - Tell someone to call 9-1-1.
If you are alone with an adult, skip this step until later - it's more important to fix the choking.
Choking Victim


Back Blows and Abdominal Thrusts

  • Give 5 back blows:
    • Stand slightly behind the victim.
    • Place one arm diagonally across the victim's chest for support and lean him forward.
    • With the heel of your other hand, strike the victim firmly between the shoulder blades.
  • Give 5 abdominal thrusts:
    • Place the thumb side of your fist just above the victim's belly button.
    • Grab your fist with your free hand.
    • Pull quick, upward thrusts to dislodge the object.

Repeat Back Blows and Abdominal Thrusts

until the object is forced out, the victim can breathe, or the victim becomes unconscious.

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