How to Do the Heimlich Maneuver

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The Heimlich maneuver is used to dislodge any obstruction in the upper airway. Do the Heimlich maneuver with tips from a firefighter in this free first aid video.

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You know at any point in time, we can encounter an individual who is choking on some type of obstruction or foreign body. Hi I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what we are going to discuss is the steps to performing the Heimlich maneuver. The Heimlich maneuver is basically using the diaphragm of the body to force it up into the lung area creating somewhat of an artificial cough and air movement up and out of the respiratory system to dislodge any obstruction that may be found in the upper airway such as food. The Heimlich maneuver starts with making a fist, using the thumb to be placed about midpoint between the navel and the bottom of the breastbone. And then placing the other hand directly on top. You would take the victim and ask them to stand if they are choking and showing the international sign with the hands across the throat that they are choking. Once in the standing position, relate and let them know you are going to perform the Heimlich maneuver on them to try and dislodge the obstruction. Making the fist, you would place the fist in the area halfway between the navel and breastbone and deliver sharp upward blows or jabs so to speak in to the abdominal area to try and dislodge any food and create an artificial cough and movement of air up and out of the respiratory system trying to dislodge the obstruction. This could be a life saving maneuver in any choking situation. I'm Captain Joe Bruni, stay safe and we'll see you next time.

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