80 people die from choking in Australia every year
Choking is the second biggest cause of death in aged care
11% of child deaths under 8 is attributed to choking
Choking occurs when a foreign object or food becomes lodged in the throat, blocking the passage of air to the lungs.
Common causes of choking include allergic reactions and small objects causing obstruction such as food and small toy parts.
How you assist someone who is choking will depend on whether they’re experiencing mild choking or severe choking. Both forms require immediate medical action.
If someone around you is experiencing mild choking, encourage them to cough hard, and advise them to bend down – this will help to dislodge any object blocking their airway.