Monday, May 30, 2016

At 96, Dr. Heimlich Uses His Own Maneuver on Choking Victim

Since he invented the Heimlich maneuver, Dr. Henry J. Heimlich had spent decades demonstrating the lifesaving technique on people willing to play the role of a choking victim.
But this week, Dr. Heimlich, 96, said he got to do the real thing.
He used the abdomen-squeezing maneuver on Monday night on an 87-year-old woman who was choking at their senior residence community in Cincinnati, popping a morsel of meat out of her mouth.
“I felt it was just confirmation of what I had been doing throughout my life,” he said in an interview on Friday. [...]
“I made a fist of my right hand — you can do it with either hand, by the way — and put my arms around her,” he said.
He placed the thumb side of his fist just above her belly button and below the chest to compress the air in her lungs. “I did it three times, and it apparently was pretty much done on the first time,” he said. [...]


  1. One small quibble on the poster - the latest guidelines point out there's no point in giving rescue breaths. After all, the whole reason the patient is unconscious is because the airway is blocked.

  2. There are several problems with the NYC postea, which is not used anywhere else. NYC knows, but doesn't care -- they forc etheir way through.


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