When someone starts choking, you should act fast. With the help of this technique, you can save the person that’s choking and running out of air. When you try to help an adult or child take out the stuck piece of food from the throat, you should perform the Heimlich maneuver.

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How To Preform The Heimlich Maneuver

When a person is choking, usually he/she isn’t able to speak or make any sound at all. Visually, the sufferer may be pointing out to the throat, trying to seek the attention of other people to help him/her out.

If you see a person that’s choking, don’t panic. Call an ambulance and, while waiting, try to do the Heimlich maneuver. First, you need to catch the person from behind, around the waist and below the ribs. Your hands should be joined like when you are making a fist. Then, perform the upward thrusts (in and out), like when you are trying to lift a person from the ground. The object that blocks the airway will fly out of the throat, because this method applies pressure on the diaphragm, and while compressing the lungs, it causes an additional pressure on the foreign object, stuck in the trachea.

But, what should you do if you’re choking and there’s now one next to you to help?

If you are choking and there’s no one around to help, make a fist with one of your hands and put it on the epigastric area, just below the rib cage. Fold the fist with the palm of the other hand, and with all your strength, push the diaphragm in and out. Do not be afraid if you have bruises later, as it’s much scarier if you run out of air. Don’t you agree?

If you’re unable to eject the foreign object from your throat in this way, then you do the following. Lean over a chair, right over the epigastric area, and with all your strength, push the diaphragm upwards (in and out).

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Heimlich Maneuver for Adults and Children Older Than 1 Year
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