First Aid Basics: How to assist a person that is choking

Choking is one of the most common forms of respiratory disturbances. This happens when a foreign object becomes lodged in the throat in a way that the patient cannot expel it, depending on the age of the person, there are three methods to expel it.

For patients older than 10 the Heimlich manoeuvre is advised. Do not use this move on young children as it may lead to internal injury and massive blood loss. For younger patients chest compression’s and back slaps may be used.

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