Have a safe and happy Easter this weekend Canberra!
You deserve to eat your weight in chocolate eggs, but please be sure to supervise your little ones with the little ones!
How to manage a choking child:
CAN THEY COUGH?... If so, encourage them to keep coughing.
IF THEY CANNOT COUGH OR BREATHE... CALL 000 FOR AN AMBULANCE
Deliver 5 back blows - use the heel of your hand and strike the casualty firmly between the shoulder blades.
Deliver 5 chest thrusts - kind of like how you deliver CPR compressions, but slower. By pressing firmly/sharply on the casualties sternum, you are trying to increase pressure in their airways to force the obstruction free.
Check to see if each back blow or chest thrust has relieved the airway obstruction. The aim is to relieve the obstruction rather than give all blows/thrusts.
An infant may be placed in a head downwards position prior to delivering back blows, i.e. across the rescuer’s lap. They should then be placed on their back across the rescuer’s thigh for the thrusts. Children and adults may be treated in the sitting or standing position
Continuously alternate between back blows and chest thrusts.
If the casualty loses consciousness... you should start CPR.
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