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How do I give care to an unconscious adult who is choking?

AFTER CHECKING THE SCENE AND THE INJURED OR ILL PERSON:

1: GIVE A RESCUE BREATH
Retilt the head and give another rescue breath.


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2: GIVE 30 CHEST COMPRESSIONS
If the chest still does not rise, give 30 chest compressions.

TIP: The person must be on firm, flat surface. Remove the CPR breathing barrier when giving chest compressions.


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3: LOOK FOR AND REMOVE OBJECT IF SEEN





4: GIVE 2 RESCUE BREATHS

5: WHAT TO DO NEXT
  • IF BREATHS DO NOT MAKE THE CHEST RISE—Repeat steps 2 through 4. 
  • IF CHEST CLEARLY RISES—CHECK for breathing. Give CARE based on the conditions found. 

Do not stop except in one of these situations:
  • The object is removed and the chest clearly rises with rescue breaths.
  • The person starts to breathe on his or her own.
  • Another trained responder or EMS personnel take over.
  • You are too exhausted to continue.
  • The scene becomes unsafe.

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