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Clinical Summary

Few survive choking-related cardiac arrest

Jenny Blair, MD   |   14 November 2022

Takeaway

  • Choking-induced out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is usually fatal, even with bystander-initiated CPR.
  • Prognosis is dismal in the absence of prehospital return of spontaneous circulation.
  • Prevention of choking is paramount.
  • Removing the object causing the choking may improve prognosis.

Why this matters

  • In Japan, choking kills 9000 people annually, making...

          

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