Breathing emergencies


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


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.


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


Asthma is a serious respiratory condition that causes narrowing of the airways.

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.

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.

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