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Effect of body position on relieve of foreign body from the airway

Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience, Department of Neuroscience, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4, Canada

† Note: This mini review is an expanded version of a letter to editor (Luczak A, 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2016.02.015.).

Foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO), or commonly known as choking, is an extremely dangerous event. The European Resuscitation Council recommends that back blows and abdominal thrusts should be performed for relieving FBAO in conscious adults. Reviewed here evidence suggests that applying a prone or a head-down position increases effectiveness of the above standard approaches to relieve obstruction, due to help of gravity.
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