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How do I clear a blocked airway?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
The action to clear a blocked airway is an abdominal thrust, also called the Heimlich maneuver. The technique is for a conscious choking victim who is one year of age or older. Different steps must be taken if the victim is unconscious or pregnant, or if the victim is less than one year of age. You can learn the steps for these special situations in a first aid course.
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