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How do I clear the airway of a large or pregnant person who is choking?

  • If a conscious choking person is too big for you to reach around, is obviously pregnant or is known to be pregnant, give chest thrusts instead. Position your hands slightly higher for a pregnant woman. 
  • Chest thrusts for a conscious adult are like abdominal thrusts, except for the placement of your hands. 
  • For chest thrusts, place your fist against the center of the person’s breastbone. 
  • Then grab your fist with your other hand and give quick thrusts into the chest. 
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