Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Inhaled Foreign Body First Aid Children

First aid may be required for an infant or child with an inhaled foreign body.

Infant Victim Protocol

  • Establish inability to ventilate (look, listen, feel)
  • Open airway and try to ventilate
  • If unsuccessful, deliver 5 back blows, followed by 5 chest compressions (depressing no more than 1 inch).
  • If second rescuer available, activate EMS system
  • Look in mouth for foreign object, and perform a finger sweep only if you see an object.
  • If no change, repeat steps 2-4 until effective
  • If single rescuer, and airway obstruction is not relieved after 1 minute, activate EMS system.

Conscious Child Victim Protocol
  • Ask, "Are you choking?" If child talks, then they are not choking.
  • Give abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver).
  • Repeat thrusts until effective or victim becomes unconscious.
  • Activate EMS and begin CPR if victim becomes unconscious.

Unconscious Child Victim Protocol
  • Establish unresponsiveness. If second rescuer available, have them activate EMS system.
  • Open airway and try to ventilate; if still obstructed, reposition head and try to ventilate again.
  • Perform back, chest or abdominal thrusts based on the victim's age.
  • Perform a tongue-jaw lift and perform a finger sweep only if you can see an object.
  • Repeat steps 2 through 4 until effective.
  • If airway obstruction is not relieved after about 1 minute, activate the EMS system.

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