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quick, hard movements directed inward and upward towards the diaphragm to assist an adult to expel foreign objects in the airway. See Heimlich maneuver.
abdominal thrustAn alternative to the Heimlich manoeuvre when a patient is unconscious or lying down. With the patient on his or her back, the heel of the hand is placed just above the navel, the free hand is paced on top of the other hand, the arms are kept straight and four rapid thrusts are made downwards and in the direction of the head.
Heim·lich ma·neu·ver(hīm'lik mă-nū'vĕr)
Action designed to expel an obstructing bolus of food from the throat by placing a fist on the abdomen between navel and costal margin, grasping fist from behind with other hand, and forcefully thrusting it inward and upward to force the diaphragm upward, thus forcing air up the trachea to dislodge obstruction.