Heimlich manoeuvre


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A technique for removing a bolus of food stuck in the oropharynx potentially causing acute asphyxia
Technique The practictioner stands behind the victim and clasps his/her hands around the victim, slightly above the umbilicus, and abruptly pulls backwards, forcing residual air in the lungs out the trachea
Complication Fatal aortic regurgitation

Heimlich manoeuvre

A first aid procedure used to try to relieve choking caused by an inhaled foreign body such as a bolus of food. The upper part of the abdomen is encircled from behind, the hands are clasped together in front and the fists are suddenly and firmly forced upwards into the gap between the lower ribs so as to compress the air in the chest. (Henry Jay Heimlich, American surgeon, b. 1920)
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There's no question the Heimlich manoeuvre - abdominal thrusts - is effective for responding to a conscious child or adult who's choking," Peter said.
NO CHOKING THE Heimlich manoeuvre consists of abdominal thrusts to clear a blockage from the airway of an adult or child over one year old who is choking.
They got hold of Elsie and by using the Heimlich manoeuvre and bending her right over and using sharp back slaps were able to dislodge the piece of food.
The 47-year-old said she had only learned about the Heimlich manoeuvre from a scene in the 1993 film where Robin Williams performed it on Pierce Brosnan.
I did the Heimlich manoeuvre twice and she spluttered and began breathing a bit so I bent her over and hit her on the back three times and she was fine.
In a situation which would strike fear into most adults, Callum calmly recalled a scene from one of his favourite films and successfully carried out the Heimlich manoeuvre.
Fast-thinking JT performed the Heimlich manoeuvre - no that's not a new dance move - on his pal and, despite not knowing First Aid, managed to dislodge the peanuts and save him from suffocation.
Jean Reilly suffered a number of broken ribs and serious internal bruising after a man performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on her.
THE man who invented the Heimlich manoeuvre used it to save a life this week - at the age of 96.
People are smacked with fire extinguishers, zapped with Tasers, wear silly disguises and someone attempts the Heimlich manoeuvre on a dog.
An inquest into his death heard that the teen's older brother Christopher tried to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on him.
A cousin tried to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre, and for his troubles received nothing less than a sharp kick in the stones.