Massachusetts law 105 CMR 5909(E) requires at least one employee to be trained in Approved Manual Choke Saving Procedures which include the Heimlich Maneuver and Sequence of Obstructed Airway Maneuvers for all food service establishments with 25 seats or more on-premises when food is being served.
Choking is the physiological response to obstruction of airways. Foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO) causes asphyxia and is a terrifying condition, occurring very acutely, with the patient often unable to explain what is happening to them. If severe, it can result in rapid loss of consciousness and death if first aid is not undertaken quickly and successfully. Immediate recognition and response are of the utmost importance.
Training in the Heimlich Maneuver and Sequence of Obstructed Airway Maneuvers can be learned in less than 1 hour using our online course.
Choking due to inhalation of a foreign body usually occurs whilst eating; it need not have been a formal ‘sit-down’ meal – a snack eaten ‘on-the-go’ or chewing gum can also be inhaled.