​Foreign Object Inhaled  

Inhaling foreign objects can be dangerous and a visit to a doctor is a must. 

What to do if the inhaled object causes chocking?

​Foreign Object Inhaled   Call for emergency medical assistance (Dial 997) and while waiting for help, follow the American Red Cross "five-and-five" approach:

  • First, deliver five back blows between the victim's shoulder blades with the heel of your hand.
  • Next, perform five abdominal thrusts (also known as the Heimlich maneuver).
  • Alternate between five back blows and five abdominal thrusts until the blockage is dislodged.

How to perform the Heimlich maneuver on someone else?

  • From behind, tip the person slightly forward and wrap your arms around his or her waist.
  • Make a fist and place the thumb side of your fist against the victim's upper abdomen, below the ribcage and above the navel.
  • Grasp your fist with your other hand and press into their upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Do not squeeze the ribcage; confine the force of the thrust to your hands.
  • Repeat until object is expelled.  

How to perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself?

  • Set a fist a little above the navel.
  • Grasp your fist with the other hand and bend over a hard surface — the back of a chair or against a railing or counter.
  • Give yourself abdominal thrusts by shoving your fist inward and upward.
  • If you cannot perform the thrust, position yourself against the surface and press forcefully enough into it so that the thrust dislodges the object.

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This information is provided by the NGHA Content Advisory Board and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your health care provider.

 
Last Modified

23-Mar-2015 01:19 PM