Heimlich maneuver

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Heimlich maneuver,

emergency procedure used to treat choking victims whose airway is obstructed by food or another substance. It forces air from the lungs through the windpipe, pushing the obstruction out. If the victim is standing, the rescuer wraps his (or her) arms around the victim's waist; making a fist with one hand and placing the thumb side of the fist against the abdomen just above the navel, the rescuer grasps the fist with the other hand and presses in with firm, quick, upward thrusts.
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If you're alone and start choking, you can perform abdominal thrusts on yourself - one technique is to force your belly on to the side of a chair or table top.
Don't be afraid to give abdominal thrusts - ribs heal, brain damage from lack of oxygen to the brain is irreversible.
Some things when they're stuck, they remain stuck, no matter how hard you hit someone's back or you carry out abdominal thrusts.
Back slaps and abdominal thrusts on their own aren't always effective ways of removing a blockage.
He gave me four massive abdominal thrusts and suddenly I could breathe again.
There's no question the Heimlich manoeuvre - abdominal thrusts - is effective for responding to a conscious child or adult who's choking," Peter said.
If the obstruction doesn't clear after three cycles of back blows and abdominal thrusts dial emergency and continue the cycles until help arrives.
A couple of abdominal thrusts later, and the dad, Los Angeles resident Paul Diamond, was breathing freely again.
It was an ignorant question as the abdominal thrusts for the relief of choking have clearly been a mainstay of successive All Black World Cup coaches, used in all of the last five tournaments.
Choking: All camp staff should know how to initiate abdominal thrusts should someone present with an obstructed airway.