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Choking - Self Help
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How can you save yourself when you are choking and alone?
Choking, while eating, is commonplace among adults.  It is the blocking of the flow of air to lungs and may be fatal if the object is not pushed out.  
You are gasping for breath and there is no time to reach the hospital. You can save yourself by abdominal thrusts or Heimlich Manoeuvre  
  • Make a fist and place the thumb side of your fist against your upper abdomen, below the ribcage and above the navel   
  • Grasp your fist with the other hand 
  • Press the fist into your upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust.
  • Repeat the abdominal thrust until the object is expelled. 
You can also
  • lean over a fixed horizontal object (table edge, chair, railing)  
  • press your upper abdomen against the edge to produce a quick upward thrust 
  • repeat until the object is expelled. 
This will press the lungs and push out the bit of food or whatever it is that got lodged in your airway.  
It is good to see a physician even if your rescue is complete without medical help. 
At hospital you may need to have the object removed with a bronchoscope, an instrument that enters your lungs through your mouth.

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