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Upon encountering someone who is choking the correct action is quite simple.
  1. 5 back blows using heel of hand between shoulder blades.
  2. Check mouth each time until obstruction removed, then if unsuccessful:
  3. 5 abdominal thrusts by placing a clenched fist below breast bone and clasping other hand over it. Pull upwards and inwards.
  4. Cycle back blows and abdominal thrusts 3 times. If still unsuccessful call an ambulance but continue cycle.
N.B. Choking in babies under 1 year is approached differently.