Basic life support: choking in adults

The algorithm focuses on one of the themes of first aid (Basic Life Support, BLS) directly endangered the patient's life.  His comletation can be useful for both the layman and the person in acute situations already versed. The algorithm was created in accordance with the current guidelines of the European Resuscitation Council 2010.

airway obstruction
Heimlich maneuver
Published at: 20.12.2011


Martin Doleček, MD, PhD
Head of Emergency Department, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Brno, Medical Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic

The presented scenario describes very clearly the various steps of the algorithm FBAO (Foreign-body airway obstruction) with a focus on severe (complete) airway obstruction. It deals with the variousn key moments when performing BLS (Basic Life Support). Since the described situation is by nature very dramatic and puts a huge strain on the psyche of a rescuer, he or she must be very well trained to provide assistance and act basically automatically. The way of processing of presented algorithm for the purpose of training is more than suitable for its quality and focus on the most important points in providing lay first aid to the patient with a complete airway obstruction by a foreign body.


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