Why do people say "ask the person if they're choking" when they obviously cannot respond BECAUSE they're choking.?

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  • A C
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    That's how you will know if they are choking. If they can't answer, do a Heimlich maneuver on them.

  • 3 weeks ago

    A nod, a thumbs up, or pointing at their mouth or throat can be pretty clear that they are choking when asked firmly and clearly "are you choking?"

    If you are choking, and someone doesn't identify what's going on or know how to perform an abdominal thrust maneuver, you can actually do it to yourself by dropping your upper abdomen area onto the back of a chair, sofa or a table, or you can clench one fist with the other and perform an auto (self) maneuver.

  • Nancy
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Because their inability to respond is how you can tell. People often get embarrassed when they start choking and try and be quiet or even go off to a bathroom, most restaurant victims of choking actually dying in bathrooms, so if you think someone's choking, you should ask them, because if they answer, you know that their airway isn't obstructed, but if they don't answer, then that's a huge red flag that they very well might be choking to death and you need to get up and investigate further and/or help them immediately.  Not asking in order to see if they can respond can be a death sentence for them because until you ask and see that they can't respond, you sit there not really knowing either way and so not doing anything to help them if they desperately need it but can't say so and, not fully realizing their dire straits, themselves often intentionally try and keep it a secret to avoid embarrassing themselves, which asking pushes past because it means the cat's out of the bag.

    Incidentally, this is where the custom of asking permission to leave a dinner table or verbally excusing oneself from the dinner table before leaving it comes from.  Those good manners are actually lifesavers because when that's expected, someone getting up and leaving the table without saying a word results in someone else inquiring of them directly and/or excusing themselves as well to investigate to see if they are all right and haven't gone off to choke to death in the other room.  Of course, when the custom was made, the remedy wasn't the Heimlich but a few strong hits to the back, which while not as effective is somewhat effective, far more effective than nothing.  

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Because it could be many other things too such as an asthma attack, heart attack and so on. People who are choking will often move their hands to their throat area as a way to communicate. People are told ask because performing the Heimlich maneuver on someone who isn't choking is dangerous.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Probably because they don't want sexual assault charges...

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