For a person who is conscious but choking, the simplest and most effective action is still the Heimlich maneuver, a series of abdominal thrusts invented by thoracic surgeon Henry Heimlich.
Though the method is slightly different for the infant and the child; for the adult, here is what you do:
• Coming from behind, wrap your arms around the person’s waist.
• Make a fist and place the thumb side in the middle of the victim’s abdomen, just above the navel.
• Grasp your fist with your other hand, press hard into the abdomen and give a quick upward thrust into the upper abdomen, as if you were trying to lift the person. Repeat until object is expelled.
On the contrary, it is important to remember that for a person who starts choking and then loses consciousness; CPR must be started must be started immediately with the use of 30 compressions.
Enjoy the rest of your summer but always remember preparedness and knowledge of lifesaving techniques is critical in every situation.