Choking | Basic Life Support
Choking can occur from foreign body airway obstruction.
Rescuers should intervene in victims who show signs of severe airway obstruction, such as a silent cough, cyanosis, or inability to speak or breathe.
If a victim is coughing forcefully, rescuers should not interfere with this process.
If a victim shows signs of severe airway obstruction, abdominal thrusts should be applied in rapid sequence until the obstruction is relieved. If this is not effective, chest thrusts can also be used. Chest thrusts can also be used in obese victims or victims in late pregnancy. Abdominal thrusts should not be used in infants below one year of age due to risk of causing injury.