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What should you check for before performing first-aid on a patient choking on an object?

What should you check for before performing first-aid on a patient choking on an object?

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A. If the patient’s pulse is over 80
B. If the patient can swallow clear liquids
C. If the patient can speak or cough
D. What medications the patient has taken in the last 24 hours

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Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Jan 18, 2020

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E. Stanley

E. Stanley, Technical writer, Indianapolis

Answered Oct 09, 2018

The answer to this is C. The person who is about to do the CPR should know this detail first to see if the abdominal thrust can be helpful or a few pats on the back will help get rid of the dislodged item from the part of the body where it has gotten stuck. There are moments when people become choked because of other reasons.

For instance, those who have consumed live octopus may not have chewed the octopus enough. This may have caused the person to choke. This can be hard to remove too because the octopus will attach itself to the airway in a very strong manner.

 

John Adney

John Adney

Answered Oct 26, 2017

Can cough or speak before doing anything else for the patient

 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Jan 27, 2017

If the patient can speak or cough
 

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