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Heimlich Maneuver and Choking Prevention

Heimlich Maneuver and Choking Prevention

Introduction

Choking is a serious medical emergency that can quickly lead to death. If someone is choking, it is important to act quickly and know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. The Heimlich maneuver is a first aid technique that can help to dislodge a foreign object from the airway and prevent choking.

This article will provide information on the Heimlich maneuver, including how to perform it on an adult, a child, and an infant. It will also provide tips on choking prevention for adults, children, and infants.

If you are ever in a situation where someone is choking, it is important to remember that the Heimlich maneuver is a life-saving technique. By following the steps in this article, you can help to save a life.

What is the Heimlich maneuver?

The Heimlich maneuver is a first aid procedure that can be used to dislodge a foreign object from a person's airway. It is named after Dr. Henry Heimlich, who developed the technique in the 1970s.

The Heimlich maneuver is performed by applying abdominal thrusts to the person who is choking. This forces air out of the lungs and creates a pressure that can help to dislodge the object.

The Heimlich maneuver is most effective when it is performed quickly and forcefully. If the person is not able to cough the object out after five back blows and five abdominal thrusts, call 911 immediately.

How to perform the Heimlich maneuver on an adult

If you see someone choking, follow these steps to perform the Heimlich maneuver:

  1. Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around their waist.
  2. Make a fist with one hand and place it just below the person's rib cage, above their navel.
  3. Grasp your fist with your other hand and press inward and upward forcefully, using your body weight to create pressure.
  4. Repeat the Heimlich maneuver until the object is dislodged or the person becomes unconscious.

If the person becomes unconscious, follow these steps:

  1. Call 911 immediately.
  2. Lay the person down on their back and open their airway by tilting their head back and lifting their chin.
  3. Begin CPR by giving two rescue breaths.
  4. Continue the Heimlich maneuver until the object is dislodged or the person begins breathing on their own.

How to perform the Heimlich maneuver on an adult

If you see an adult choking, follow these steps:

  1. Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around their waist.
  2. Make a fist with one hand and place it just above the person's navel.
  3. Grasp your fist with your other hand and press in and up forcefully, using your body weight to help.
  4. Repeat the thrusts until the object is dislodged or the person is unconscious.
  5. If the person becomes unconscious, call 911 immediately and begin CPR.

How to perform the Heimlich maneuver on an infant

If an infant is choking, you will need to perform the Heimlich maneuver on them. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Place your infant face down on your forearm with their head lower than their body.
  2. With your other hand, make a fist and place it in the center of your infant's chest.
  3. Cover your fist with your other hand and give five quick, inward thrusts.
  4. If the infant is still choking, repeat the steps above.
  5. If the infant is not breathing, begin CPR.

It is important to remember that the Heimlich maneuver is not a substitute for medical care. If you are unable to dislodge the object, or if the infant is not breathing, call 911 immediately.

Choking prevention tips for infants

Here are some tips to help prevent choking in infants:

  • Always supervise infants when they are eating or drinking.
  • Cut food into small pieces that are easy to chew and swallow.
  • Avoid giving infants hard or chewy foods, such as hot dogs, grapes, and popcorn.
  • Make sure that infants are sitting up when they are eating or drinking.
  • Never prop up an infant's bottle.

If you think that an infant is choking, follow these steps:

  1. Call 911 immediately.
  2. Back the infant over your arm and give five quick back blows between the shoulder blades.
  3. If the infant is not breathing, give two rescue breaths.
  4. Repeat the back blows and rescue breaths until the infant starts to breathe or help arrives.

VII. Choking prevention tips for infants

Here are some tips to help prevent choking in infants:

  • Never prop up your infant's bottle or pacifier.
  • Cut food into small pieces and avoid giving your infant hard or chewy foods.
  • Make sure your infant is sitting up when eating or drinking.
  • Do not let your infant play with small objects that could be a choking hazard.
  • Be aware of the signs of choking and know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on an infant.
Choking prevention tips for infants

When to call 911 for choking

If you are unable to dislodge the object using the Heimlich maneuver, or if the person becomes unconscious, you should call 911 immediately.

When calling 911, be sure to provide the following information:

  • The location of the choking victim
  • The age of the choking victim
  • The symptoms of the choking victim
  • Any other relevant information

The dispatcher will be able to provide you with instructions on how to proceed until help arrives.

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