Airway obstructions are a common emergency, especially among pediatric and geriatric patients. Choking is a leading cause of childhood death and injury among children under the age of 4, claiming at least one child’s life every few days. The risk of airway obstructions due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, and airway injuries greatly increases with age. The airway also becomes more fragile as a person gets older, making it more difficult to treat airway issues. A number of techniques can open an obstructed airway, but the right technique depends on the reason for the obstruction.