Do you live and/or eat alone?
If so, you need to know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself.
The Heimlich maneuver is administered when an individual is choking — the airway obstructed by food or some other object. The person administering the first aid places their arms around the choking person from behind, and pull upwards and inwards on the abdomen below the ribcage. The pressure from this movement can expel the obstruction, allowing the patient to breathe again.
Professor Sir Malcolm Green, Emeritus Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the UK’s Imperial College, said: “People are often embarrassed when they start to choke and move away from their friends to somewhere private, to the toilets or out onto the street, and that can result in their death. We need to make sure they stay where they are and know how to do the maneuver on themselves or over the chair they have just been sitting on.”
Experts have found that the maneuver — a short sharp burst of pressure to the abdomen to clear a blockage in the throat — is just as effective when performed by the person who is choking.
Here’s how to perform a Heimlich maneuver on yourself:
- Press your abdomen sharply onto the back of a chair, or
- Deliver a sharp thrust to your abdomen below your ribcage with your hand.
Source: The Telegraph