Choking - adult or child over 1 year

Abdominal thrusts - adult or child over 1 year; Heimlich maneuver - adult or child over 1 year; Choking - back blows - adult or child over 1 year

Choking is when someone is having a very hard time breathing because food, a toy, or other object is blocking the throat or windpipe (airway).

A choking person's airway may be blocked so that not enough oxygen reaches the lungs. Without oxygen, brain damage can occur in as little as 4 minutes. Rapid first aid for choking can save a person's life.


Choking is the hindrance of breathing due to an obstruction of the throat or windpipe. The Heimlich maneuver should be conducted to try to dislodge the object.



First Aid

Do Not

When to Contact a Medical Professional