14) Perform the Heimlich Maneuver
“A choking victim can’t tell you what’s wrong or how to help him or her”. Its your responsibility to determine if they’re choking and try to communicate that question to them before attempting the Heimlich Maneuver. Many people will wrap their hands around their neck to indicate they are choking, but others may not.
- “Stand behind the victim and place one arm around the waist. Put your fist below the ribs but above the navel with your thumb resting against the stomach”.
- “Wrap your other arm around the victim’s waist and cover your fist with the palm of this hand”.
- “Press your fist into the abdomen with quick, upward thrusts. Don’t press on the rib cage, and try to keep the force of your thrusts in your hands, not your arms”.
- “Repeat the abdominal thrusts until the object is dislodged and the airway has been cleared”.
There are also ways to perform this move if you can’t get your arms around the victim. It can even be done on yourself if you have the strength of mind to realize what’s happening and not panic. The Heimlich Maneuver, like CPR, is something I think everyone should be trained in. Its a simple technique that could possibly save someone’s life one day.
Have you ever needed the Heimlich Maneuver or used it on someone else? Share your story in the comments below.
The information contained in this post is a combination of my own opinion and information provided in the book Urban Survival Guide by Rich Johnson. This is not intended to be used for medical instruction; it is simply an informative post. But as always, subscribe so you don’t miss the remaining 97 tips!