Choking

If you observe a “conscious” adult choking:

  • Ask, “Are you choking?”
  • If the victim can speak, cough, or breathe, DO NOT INTERFERE.
  • If the victim CANNOT speak, cough, or breathe:
    • Stand behind the victim with your arms around his/her waist.
    • Place the thumb side of your fist against the victim’s abdomen; your fist should be approximately two fingers above the navel and below the rib cage.
    • Grip your fist with your other hand.
    • Press your fist forcefully into the victim’s abdomen with a quick, upward thrust.
    • Repeat several times – BE PERSISTENT – Continue until the obstruction is relieved.

If the victim becomes unconscious:

  • Position the victim on his/her back, arms by side.
  • Call out “Help!”
  • If others are in the immediate area, have someone notify the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743; then hang up and dial 8-911 from a campus phone (or 911 from a cell phone).
  • If no one else is in the immediate area, notify the Front Security Desk at (713) 646-1743; then hang up and dial 8-911 from a campus phone (or 911 from a cell phone). Security will notify an additional emergency responders to assist.
  • Perform tongue-jaw lift and finger sweep to try to remove the obstruction.
  • Open airway (head-tilt/chin-lift), and attempt rescue breathing.
  • If unsuccessful, give six to ten abdominal thrusts.
  • Repeat sequence: perform finger sweep, open airway, attempt rescue breathing, perform abdominal thrusts until successful or EMS arrives.

*numbers in bold denote on campus phone extension.