Blocked Airway / Choking
Choking is a blockage of the upper airway by food or other objects, which prevents a person from breathing effectively. Choking is a medical emergency that requires quick, appropriate action by those nearby.
Symptoms of Choking
- Coughing or gagging
- Hand signals and panic (sometimes pointing to the throat)
- Sudden inability to talk
- Clutching the throat: The natural response to choking is to grab the throat with one or both hands. This is the universal choking sign and a way of telling people around you that you are choking.
- Passing out
- Turning blue
Treatment for Choking/Blocked Airway
- Heimlich maneuver can be utilized
- The quick, upward abdominal thrusts force the diaphragm upward very suddenly, making the chest cavity smaller. This has the effect of rapidly compressing the lungs and forcing air out