Malta raises awareness on what to do if you think someone’s choking

After the sad and tragic death of police officer PC Ryan Tonna who died after choking on some food in a restaurant in Pisa, many people have taken to social media to warn about the dangers of choking and to provide some advice about what to do if someone around you starts choking. Here’s what people have been saying:

It’s a lot more dangerous than you think

Choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional death and it is particularly dangerous for the youngest and oldest in our society.

It’s pretty evident from looking at comments on social media the last few days that many people have experienced it at some points in their life. These people decided to share what it felt like for them:

Knowing that someone’s choking is key

It can be hard to know that someone is actually choking. If someone’s not able to talk or breathe properly; if they have a forceful cough; if their hand is gripped around their throat or if their skin is changing colour, that could mean they’re choking and you need to act fast.

The Heimlich manoeuvre is a simple technique we should all learn

If the person is not coughing or trying to dislodge the piece of food him/herself then someone needs to step in. First, lean them over and use the heel of your hand to give them five blows to their back. Then, wrap your arms around their waist placing the fist just above their ‘belly button’ and push inward and upward until they can breathe on their own again.

People should be made to attend classes

Some users have said that there should be an awareness campaign to educate people on what they should do if they ever come across someone who’s clearly choking on some food. Others have also said that schools should teach young children on how to avoid choking and what they should do to help others out.

Do you think people should be more aware about the dangers of choking?

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