Whether or not you should slap someone on the back when they’re choking has been the subject of debate for decades. Some maintain that giving five strong back blows when they’re choking could actually make the food lodge further down their throat. Instead, one should opt for the Heimlich maneuver, which involves abdominal thrusts. However, back blows being “death blows” has not been proven. Today, the American Red Cross recommends a “five and five” technique for choking victims. After getting their consent, do five back blows, followed by five abdominal thrusts, and repeat until the object has been dislodged.