Foreign object swallowed
First aid: Foreign object swallowed
If you swallow a foreign object, it will usually pass through your digestive system uneventfully. But some objects can lodge in your esophagus, the tube that connects your throat and stomach. If an object is stuck in your esophagus, you may need to remove it, especially if it is:
If a swallowed object blocks the airway, the American Red Cross recommends the "five-and-five" approach to first aid:
Call 911 or your local emergency number for help.
To perform abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver) on someone else:
You can't perform back blows on yourself. But you can perform abdominal thrusts.
To perform abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver) on yourself:
Last Updated: 2009-11-14
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