How to manage a choking adult

Royal College of Nursing

Educator: Royal College of Nursing
Course Duration: 60 minutes

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Choking, or foreign body airway obstruction, is a common, yet treatable, cause of accidental death. This article aims to provide an overview of the skills required when faced with this emergency in adults, including how to recognise this emergency, the immediate management and treatment required, and the necessary aftercare. Choking usually occurs when a person is eating or drinking. An obstruction may classified as mild or severe. For a severe obstruction in a conscious person, it may be necessary to administer back blows and/or abdominal thrusts to remove the obstruction from the airway.

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