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Adult basic life support


  • shout for help
  • open airway

Not breathing normally?

  • call 999
  • chest compressions
  • two rescue breaths and 30 chest compressions

Adult choking treatment (heimlich maneuver)

Assess severity

Severe - airway obstruction (ineffective cough)

  • unconscious - start CPR
  • conscious - 5 back blows 5 abdominal thrusts

Mild - airway obstruction (effective cough)

  • encourage cough - continue to check for deterioration to ineffective cough or until obstruction relieved


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