The Heimlich Maneuver is done to treat a conscious choking victim by forcing air quickly up the throat from the lungs to force the obstruction out. Be prepared for emergency situations such as this with tips and advice from a 30-year emergency veteran in this free video on home remedies and treatments.
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You know, a person having a true medical emergency can be a pretty scary process for most of us as everyday good Samaritans and civilians. Hi, I'm Captain Joe Bruni, and what I'm going to talk about is how to stop choking in a victim. People that are victims of choking will normally display the international sign of choking by placing both hands around the throat. As a rescuer, the first thing you want to ensure is ask and make sure the person is truly choking. They will signal that they indeed are. Let them know that you're going to perform the Heimlich maneuver on them to try and dislodge whatever body or foreign substance is in the throat. You will take one of the fists with the thumb, and place that thumb into the person's abdominal area, between the belly button and the bottom of the breastbone, known as the sternum. Reach around and grasp with the other hand, and you will apply several hard upward thrusts, trying to force air up and out of the lungs to dislodge the foreign body. If the person eventually passes out, lower them to the floor and perform abdominal thrusts once lying on the floor. After so many abdominal thrusts, grab the tongue and the chin, and pull forward down towards the feet, and then do a visual and possibly a finger sweep into the throat to try and dislodge what may be in there, keeping in mind that you do not want to drive the foreign body deeper in. This can be a pretty scary process for most people, but keep in mind, with a calm head, you may be able to save the life of the next person that you encounter that may be choking. I'm Captain Joe Bruni. Stay safe, and we'll see you next time.