How do I give abdominal thrusts to an adult who is choking?

  • Stand or kneel behind the person and wrap your arms around his or her waist. 
  • Locate the navel with one or two fingers of one hand. Make a fist with the other hand and place the thumb side against the middle of the person’s abdomen, just above the navel and well below the lower tip of the breastbone. 
  • Grab your fist with your other hand and give quick, upward thrusts into the abdomen. 

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