Unfortunately, more than 3,000 people die each year as a result of choking. If a choking emergency occurred at your foodservice establishment, would you be prepared? Know the basic steps to help a choking victim and prevent choking emergencies.
Understand the Causes
Everydayactivities can create a choking emergency at your foodservice establishment, including:
Swallowing large pieces of food
Drinking alcohol before meals
Eating while talking or laughing
Consuming food too quickly
Walking or running with food in mouth
Look for Clues
Stay observant and look for signs that patrons may be choking, including:
Coughing or gagging
Sudden inability to speak
Turning blue in the face
Know How to Respond
Choking is a serious, life-threatening emergency and needs to be treated immediately.
As soon as you believe a person is choking, call 911 immediately for help.
Do not attempt to drive the victim to the hospital yourself.
Keep your staff updated on the latest safety response methods, like the Heimlich maneuver, and other safety protocol to successfully help a choking victim.
Keep diagrams and instructions on how to help a choking victim at the ready for staff members.
For more information, contact your local emergency response personnel.
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