First aid

Breathing emergencies


CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) saves lives. Someone’s life may depend on your reading this section..


Small children are most at risk for choking, when an object gets stuck in the airway.

Heimlich manoeuvre

It's a classic life-saving technique, but only if it's done properly: here's exactly how to perform the Heimlich.

How to save a choking child

Choking is a terrifying situation - even more so for children. This infographic shows you exactly what to do to help a child.


Hyperventilation (hyper - too much, ventilation - breathing) is a condition in which a person experiences abnormal, increased rate and depth of breathing, for a prolonged period.

Asthma attack

Asthma is a serious respiratory condition that causes narrowing of the airways. Here's what to do if someone gets a serious asthma attack.

First aid for choking

Choking happens when an object, which is often a piece of food, gets stuck in the airway. We explain what to do when someone chokes.

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