Choking Victims

Responding to a Conscious Choking Victim:

  • In a medical emergency, Dial 9-1-1.
  • If a choking victim can't speak or breathe, follow these steps:
    • Obtain consent.
    • Lean person forward.
    • From behind, wrap your arms around victim's waist.
    • Make a fist and place thumb side of your fist against victim's upper abdomen, below ribcage and above navel.
    • Grasp fist with other hand and press into their upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust five (5) times.
    • Do not squeeze ribcage; confine the force of thrust to your hands.
    • Repeat five (5) back blows and five (5) abdominal thrusts until object is expelled.

Responding to Unconscious Choking Victim:

  • In a medical emergency, Dial 9-1-1.
  • Place victim on back. Give 30 chest compressions.
  • Look for object in mouth.
  • Remove if seen. Try two (2) rescue breaths.
  • If breaths do not go in, continue 30 chest compressions, look for object, try two (2) rescue breathes until air goes in.



Contact Information

For more information, please contact:

Michael Caraballo
Emergency Management Director
Phone: (518) 564-4950
Fax: (518) 564-7986