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How to Stop Choking Help



  • Ask them if they are Choking - this is to gauge the severity. 
  • Shout for help, but don't leave them. 
  • Encourage them to cough. 
  • 5 firm back slaps between the shoulder blades with the palm of your hand. 
  • 5 abdominal thrusts performed from behind the patient, make a fist with one hand and place it under their ribs.                          
  • Grasp the fist with your other hand. 
  • Pull sharply, upwards and inwards. 
  • Check that the obstruction has been cleared. 
  • Continue until obstruction is cleared or ambulance personnel have arrived and are with you. 
  • If casualty falls unconscious and is not breathing - lay them on their back and start CPR 30:2