What to do if Someone is Choking?

If someone is found to be choking, it is safest to encourage that person to cough in order to push the object out on his/her own. Slapping the person’s upper back with the heel of your hand may also help dislodge the object. If these methods are not effective, a trained person should administer the abdominal thrust, also known as Heimlich Maneuver, only when it is necessary and safe to do so. As in any medical emergencies, you should seek professional help when you are not sure what to do.