How do I give black blows to an adult who is choking?

  • To give back blows, position yourself slightly behind the person. 
  • Provide support by placing one arm diagonally across the chest and bend the person forward at the waist until the upper airway is at least parallel to the ground. 
  • Firmly strike the person between the shoulder blades with the heel of your other hand.

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