1. Assess the Situation
Quickly assess the situation and determine if the person is truly choking. Look for signs such as the person unable to speak or cough, clutching their throat, or making high-pitched noises while trying to breathe.
2.Call for Help
If the person is unable to breathe or is in distress, call emergency services or shout for help immediately.
3. Perform Heimlich Maneuver (Abdominal Thrusts):
Stand behind the choking person, wrap your arms around their waist, and make a fist with one hand. Place your thumb against the middle of the person’s abdomen, above the navel, and grab your fist with your other hand. Give quick, inward and upward thrusts to help dislodge the object blocking the airway. Repeat until the object is cleared.
4. Perform CPR (if necessary)
If the person becomes unconscious, lower them to the ground and start CPR immediately, beginning with chest compressions. Open the mouth and look for any visible objects. If an object is visible, use your fingers to carefully remove it.
First Aid for Choking Victim
5. Continue First Aid
If the object is not removed or the person remains unconscious, continue CPR until emergency help arrives.
6. Stay Calm and Reassure the Person
Choking can be a frightening experience for the victim. Stay calm, reassure the person, and provide emotional support while administering first aid.
7. Seek Medical Attention
Even if the object is successfully cleared, the person should still seek medical attention to ensure there are no internal injuries or complication
Proper training in first aid and CPR is essential for responding effectively in a choking emergency. Always call for professional medical help when dealing with a choking victim.