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Choking Self-Care at Home
Choking is an emergency. Call 911 emergency medical services. Do not attempt to drive a choking person to a hospital emergency department.
What to do if a person starts to choke:
Someone who cannot answer by speaking and can only nod the head has a complete airway obstruction and needs emergency help.
The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association each have a recommended protocol to deal with airway obstruction. Both of these protocols are described in the following section.
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