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Adult choking - resources and lesson plans

Choking occurs when someone’s airway is either fully or partly blocked. They may lose consciousness if the blockage is not cleared.

This first aid module teaches students how to recognise when someone is choking, and what to do when someone is choking.

Lesson overview – choking (adults)

In this first aid lesson, students will learn:

  • • how to recognise when someone is choking
  • • how to clear an airway using back slaps and abdominal thrusts.

The lesson plan includes suggested activities and key vocabulary about choking.

Looking for Key Stage first aid lesson plans and resources?

We have created a range of first aid lesson plans and teaching resources for Key Stage 2, Key stage 3, and Key Stage 4. Our teaching pathways cover the new first aid requirements for health education.

View our Key Stage first aid teaching resources.


Pupil practising a head bandage.

More information

Get more information about choking in the first aid section of our website, where you can also watch our video.

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