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Choking Rescue Procedure (Heimlich Maneuver) - Person Faints

Call911 or other emergency services if the person faints. Then:

  • Start CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) if you know how. See CPR in the topic Dealing With Emergencies.
  • If you do rescue breaths, look for an object in the mouth or throat each time the airway is opened during CPR. If you see an object, remove it.
  • Do not do any more Heimlich thrusts.
  • Keep doing CPR until the person is breathing on his or her own or until help arrives.

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Last Updated: March 20, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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