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Heimlich Maneuver

Heimlich Maneuver

Alternate Names

  • removal of airway obstruction
  • removal of choking object
  • Heimlich maneuver

Definition

The Heimlich maneuver is an emergency method of removing food or other foreign objects from the airway to prevent suffocation. It is done by grasping the choking person from behind, placing a fist, thumb side in, just below the person's breastbone (sternum), wrapping the other hand firmly over this fist, and then pulling the fist firmly and abruptly into the top of the stomach.

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