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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The Heimlich manoeuvre, which Peter insists Mollypops did not use, is among a variety of methods used to help choking victims.
"And out of nowhere, this man came and did the Heimlich manoeuvre on him and he threw up over the table.
When performed by a human, the Heimlich manoeuvre involves upward thrusts to the chest to dislodge food.
John Roberts The Heimlich manoeuvre is definitely NOT a pat on the back.
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.
A WAITRESS told yesterday how she helped save the life of a choking customer by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre which she learnt from watching the movie Mrs Doubtfire.
AN OFF DUTY nurse who saved a choking man with a Heimlich manoeuvre has received an award from the Ambulance Service Institute.
She tried the 'Heimlich Manoeuvre' to remove the food but it did not work.
While one of the officers called for paramedics, another grabbed Mrs Musgrave and carried out the Heimlich Manoeuvre to dislodge the fruit.
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.
Quickly realising that something was lodged in his throat, she bent him forwards with one hand on his chest and effectively performed the life-saving Heimlich manoeuvre.
Jean Reilly suffered a number of broken ribs and serious internal bruising after a man performed the Heimlich manoeuvre on her.