Blocked Airway / Choking

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.
  • Wheezing
  • 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

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/choking/article_em.htm

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