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Dechoker: I was sceptical. Until I had to use it.
  • Dechoker: I was sceptical. Until I had to use it.

    Dechoker: “I was sceptical. Until I had to use it”

    For every use of a Dechoker ACD in a choking emergency we receive feedback. This allows us to monitor safety and collate information used for research.

    Those involved with the choking incident and use of the Dechoker often add a their own comment at the end. The emotion is often quite clear as they recall the event.

    We recently received a message from an individual who was involved in an incident where a Dechoker was deployed during a choking emergency. They reached out to us with their thoughts and feelings about both the Dechoker and the incident.

    I just wanted to reach out to you and let you know that I had to use the Dechoker in a serious choking incident a couple of months ago.

    “I was providing direct 1:1 support for a gentleman with a learning disability when he began to choke at the kitchen table.

    A Carer

    “We are located in a very rural isolated location, having tried backslaps and Heimlich with no success I attempted to use the Dechoker.

    “Admittedly I was sceptical at first when we did the Dechoker training, but in the event of an incident I am thankful that the company I work for supplies each service with a Dechoker device on site.


    “The Dechoker managed to dislodge a small piece of broccoli and the gentleman in question has made a full recovery.


    I have no doubt in my mind that if this device was not available on the day then the outcome would have most certainly been different.

    A CARER