How Does a Person Choke?

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We take over 20,000 breaths every single day and the air passes through one of the most vital parts of the body, the trachea, but if it gets obstructed, it can be deadly. And it happens to a hundreds of thousands of people a year, so today I'm showing you how to prevent the killer clog in your throat.

Now before we go any further, I need one brave volunteer to be my assistant of the day. Who's it going to be? Who's it going to be? Hi. I got my car key here and is Carey, in seat 107. Welcome. Welcome Carey. Thank you. Carey. Now I can hear you, do you have choke, you deal with choke people? No.

You don't. It's my kids we are talking about [xx]. Not very often. Alright come over here, I'm to show you something that's really cool, we have ever shown this on the show before. Alright. We are going to talk about the trachea. You are going to put those on. Alright, so this is called because this is the tongue, okay, and behind the tongue is the trachea and that trachea has a couple of interesting facets to it.

It's got a long tube almost the size a dollar bill's length, alright and down below it's got a narrowed area, see where it narrows out, that narrowed area is a problem because that's where food will often get stuck. Let me show you something pretty cool, so I want you. Am going to hold the [xx].

Really? In the back, you see this little tissue here? Yeap. It floats around. Now it plays an important role. It warns you when you're eating food. So let me just roll this around, to twist a bit tongue there, if I just turn it up side down, you'll see what happens in the back of your throat.

This is the esophagus, the swallowing tube, and you'll know this because you have different sizes of food that you swallow, which activate a very soft area behind it. That's the soft part of the trachea. When you're swallowing food, if you eat too fast, the food will go down the wrong hole, instead of going down here where it's supposed to go, it'll slip into here.

Now this is called the epiglottis. When you put a breathing tube on somebody, we find this is as land mark, this is suppose to close off like that. You see how it closes, right. Now when it doesn't close correctly or you've eaten the wrong food, you lay down and you sleep, the food was slipped into here and make open this up, I don't want to cut this specimen too often, but this is worth it to teach you this.

So you cut through here, going to [xx] see how difficult this is. Pretty well done. You pull this apart and you can see in there the exact same thing. And this is where the food sometimes get stuck as well. So there are different places that food gets stuck. What you have to do when the food get stuck there or of you get an irritation inflammation or suffocated is to make sure this doesn't close off.

And in kids this is a big problem, because it's the narrowest part of their airway. Now, there's two major ways you can damage your trachea, the first is, and this is the first killer clog is that you choke, something goes down that wrong hole.