You are working as a CFR in your local area when your phone alerts you to a job. It’s for a choking patient in a local restaurant 4 minutes away. Control calls you to update that an Ambulance is 15 minutes away.
You arrive on scene and are shown into the restaurant with your kit. A woman is sat on a chair, she is blue in the face and looks panicked. She cannot speak but is making high pitched sounds from her throat. Her friend explains she was eating food but suddenly began to cough. She then started choking.
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You investigate the airway and cannot see any obstructions, do you try to place your finger inside to dislodge any food
The woman is blue in the face, making high pitched sounds form her throat, and cannot speak. What level of airway obstruction is this
The staff explain they have tried to give abdominal thrusts but have not been successful in dislodging the object. Given the severity of the obstruction, what actions should you take first for this adult patient
Where are you giving the back blows
Following the back blows there is no removal of the obstruction. What are your next actions
Following the abdominal thrusts there is still no difference. What actions do you do now
You continue to do back blows and abdominal thrusts but there is no effect. The patient now collapses and is unconscious. You investigate the airway and still cannot see anything. What actions can you complete when the patient is unconscious
You do chest compressions and check the airway. You see that food has become dislodged and the patient is breathing better. What can you do to help remove the food in the airway
Rolling the patient on her side, the food comes out of her mouth and her breathing is much better. The patient is still unconscious. What position should you try and keep the patient in until the patient arrives