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Heimlich maneuver - adult or child over 1 year
How to perform the Heimlich maneuver:
IF THE PERSON LOSES CONSCIOUSNESS
FOR PREGNANT OR OBESE PEOPLE
After removing the object that caused the choking, keep the person still and get medical help. Anyone who is choking should have a medical examination. Complications can occur not only from the choking, but also from the first aid measures that were taken.
Seek medical help right away if you find someone unconscious.
When the person is choking:
After the object is successfully dislodged, the person should see a doctor because complications can arise.In the days following a choking episode, contact a doctor immediately if the person develops:
These could be signs that the object entered the lung instead of being expelled.
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