First-Aid Tips for Choking Victim

About how to treat someone who is having breathing difficultly or has stopped breathing due to choking on a foreign object.


1. First, have the victim try to cough out the object on his own.

2. Reassure him, as he may be panicky.

3. If that doesn't work, follow the procedure above for removing foreign matter from the throat. (See also: Breathing Difficulty or Stoppage, Treatment #7, paragraphs 2 and 3.)

4. If the object does not fall out, rush the victim to a hospital.

5. If the victim has severe difficulty breathing, apply artificial respiration. (The object is probably lodged in the windpipe.)

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