A Heimlich maneuver is a first aid technique that can be used on adults and children when they are choking with an obstruction in their airway. A person might suffer asphyxia which can become fatal if the obstruction is not removed. The key to a Heimlich maneuver is abdominal thrusts to dislodge the object that is lodged in the trachea. An artificial cough is created so that it is expelled. You need to stand behind the person and hold his waist. Place your wrists just above the person's navel and pull upward and inward to force the obstruction out of the windpipe. If the person is unconscious, straddle him and place your hand heel down just above his waist. Place the other hand on top and give quick upward thrusts to dislodge the obstruction.
The Heimlich maneuver, also known as abdominal thrusts, is an emergency procedure used to help a choking individual expel an obstructing object from their airway. Here are the steps to perform the Heimlich maneuver:
After successful expulsion of the object, ensure that the individual receives medical attention to assess for any potential injuries or complications.
Remember, it's crucial to call emergency services or seek medical help as soon as possible during a choking incident. The Heimlich maneuver should only be performed if the person is conscious and unable to breathe, speak, or cough due to an obstructed airway.
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