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A person who is choking cannot talk, cough, or breathe,
and may turn gray or blue. The Heimlich maneuver can help get the food or
object out. WARNING: Do not try the Heimlich maneuver
unless you are sure the person is choking.
If the person can cough
or make sounds, let him or her cough to try to get the object out. If you are
worried about the person's breathing, call 911.
If the person can't
breathe, cough, or make sounds, then:
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Current as of:
June 4, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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