A human suction unit for choking

A case is described of a 12 month old who completely obstructed her airway from an inhaled plastic ketchup container. As she did not improve with backslaps or chest thrusts her father, a physician, suctioned her airway using his own mouth (intermittently spitting out secretions) until the obstruction was relieved and the object removed. Something to think about if you’re at the end of your own child’s choking algorithm and you have no airway equipment with you.

Maneuver for the recovery of a foreign body causing a complete airway obstruction: illustrative case.
Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Jan;26(1):39-40