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Choking First Aid in Residential Aged Care

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Choking is the second most common cause of preventable death in residential aged care. It occurs when the trachea is completely or partially blocked by a foreign body, obstructing airflow. Choking can be gradual or sudden. It may only take a few seconds for the airway to become completely blocked.

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Choking occurs when the trachea is completely or partially blocked by a foreign body (food, liquid or another object), obstructing airflow. Choking can be gradual or sudden, and it may only take a few seconds for the airway to become completely blocked. The specific symptoms experienced by a choking person will depend on the foreign body causing the obstruction, as well as the severity of the blockage. If airflow is completely blocked, the brain will be deprived of oxygen. It only takes four minutes without oxygen for brain damage to occur.

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