Signs of Choking (Complete Airway Obstruction)
A person who is choking (has complete airway obstruction):
- Can't cry, talk, breathe, or cough.
- May grasp throat.
- May become severely anxious or agitated.
- May turn blue or dusky in color.
- May pass out.
A choking rescue procedure (the Heimlich maneuver) is used to clear an obstruction in adults and children older than 1 year. Reference Back blows and chest thrusts are used in babies younger than 1 year.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: July 11, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference David Messenger, MD