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  • Dr. Steven Horwitz

Number of choking-deaths in the U.S. 1945-2018

"In 2018, there were around 5,084 choking deaths in the United States. Death from choking is more common among the elderly with food most often responsible for such incidents. The use of abdominal thrusts, of the Heimlich Maneuver, is suggested to dislodge objects and prevent suffocation.


Death from choking


In the United States, the odds of one dying from choking on food is around 1 in 2,696. These odds are greater than the odds of dying from a

n accidental gun discharge or as a passenger on a plane. In 2018,there were around 1.6 deaths from choking per 100,000 population.


Choking among children


Choking is also hazardous among young children. Young children are not only in danger of choking on food, but also of choking on small objects, such as toys with small parts. Choking, strangulation, or suffocation are theleading reasons for the recall of children’s productsin the United States. The other most common reasons for such recalls include the danger of bodily harm and risk of flammability, burn or electric shock."


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