Choke Saver

Choke Saver – CPR/AED for Restaurant and Hotel Employees

If you work in a restaurant or hotel, chances are that you could happen upon a patron who is choking. What would you do?

You can be trained in an instructor-based, hands-on class offered in one of the several towns and cities: Amherst, Boston, Fitchburg/Leominster, Greenfield, Northampton, Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester.

So, how do you help a person who is choking? As long as he/she is coughing, he/she gets air, and might be able to expel whatever is in their throat – you should stand by and encourage them to cough. If they succeed in spitting it out – they should be OK.

But if they can’t cough or breath, ask permission to help, and when they agree, place a finger on the navel (belly button), make a fist, hold it with the other hand, and push up and back to squeeze the diaphragm muscle, which in turn will force the lungs to push up whatever is in the throat. If the person is able to expel it, they should be OK.

But if that doesn’t work? Alas, the person might become unconscious, and then you should lower them carefully on the floor, and do 30 compressions in the middle of the chest (on the sternum), then check the mouth (quickly!) for any dislodged object and scoop it out, then give two breath. If the breaths DO go in, the airways are clear, and the person should be able to breath on their own. If the chest is not rising (the breaths do not go in), the object is still in the throat, and you should do again 30 compression, check mouth, give breaths, and so on.

And THAT means doing CPR!

Because of this, help in choking is part of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training – so you need to take the CPR/AED class.

Feel free to click on any of our locations (mentioned above), and chose the one which works best for you. Or, if you prefer, you can have a private training at our location in Greenfield or your own home.

Questions? Call us at (413) 824-9581 or email [email protected]

Would you like to schedule a group training at your restaurant or hotel? We will be happy to help. Call us at (413) 824-9581.

From MA 105 CMR 590.009(e)

“(E) Anti-Choking Procedures in Food Service Establishments. Pursuant to M.G.L. c. 94, 305D, each food service establishment having a seating capacity of25 persons or more shall:

(1) Have on its premises, while food is being served, an employee trained in manual procedures approved by the department to remove food lodged in a person’s throat; and (2) Make adequate provision for insurance to cover employees trained in rendering such assistance.”

105 CMR 605.000: APPROVED MANUAL CHOKE-SAVING PROCEDURES

“The Department approves the procedures known as the Heimlich Maneuver and the Sequence of Obstructed Airway Maneuvers as recommended by the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences.”