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Multilingual Support:

Concerns

Signs and symptoms

Action

Signs and symptoms

Severe airway obstruction
  • patient unable to speak
  • patient unable to breathe
  • wheezing
  • unable to cough
  • if prolonged, unconsciousness
Mild airway obstruction
  • patient may clutch their neck
  • able to speak and respond
  • able to breathe
  • able to cough

Actions

Severe airway obstruction
  • if the patient is conscious – 5 back blows, or 5 abdominal thrusts
  • if the patient is unconscious – start CPR (see Unresponsive and Unconscious patient)
  • if the patient is conscious – 5 back blows, or 5 abdominal thrusts (Heimlich maneuver)
  • sweep mouth to remove any foreign body
Mild airway obstruction
  • encourage cough
  • consider if dental treatment should be continued or rescheduled

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