Asphyxia is a condition of severely inadequate supply of oxygen to the body that arises from abnormal breathing. An example of asphyxia is choking.



  • Difficulty/Noisy breathing
  • Rapid pulse
  • High blood pressure
  • Cyanosis (grey-blue tinge around lips)
  • Deteriorating levels of consciousness


So what can I do about it?

  1. Call 999 immediately!
  2. Where possible remove the cause of asphyxiation (e.g: if strangulation, then remove the cause of this)
  3. Loosen any tight clothing
  4. Monitor airway and breathing
  5. Prepare to perform CPR if loss of consciousness


Want to know more? Attend a training course which covers this topic:

QA Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (QCF)
QA Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid At Work (QCF)
QA Level 2 Award In Basic Life Support and Safe Use of an Automated External Defibrillator (QCF)
QA Level 2 Award in Basic Life Support and Management of Anaphylaxis (QCF)
QA Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid (QCF)

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