Section 2: Crisis Management

Choking

We have all choked at some point on a piece of food, or something that has caught the back of our throat.  A choking incident can become very serious in a short space of time, and so quick intervention is key!

  • Encourage your casualty to cough: this is our natural instinct
  • Reassure your casualty
  • Stay with your casualty
  • Monitor using the AVPU scale

If coughing does not clear the obstruction, you need to carry out 5 back slaps.

If this does not work, call 999 and carry out 5 abdominal thrusts.

Repeat until either, you clear the obstruction or your casualty becomes unconscious and you need to commence basic life support.

HSC NSFA COUGHING