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Heimlich maneuver

  • Alternative Names

    Choking - Heimlich maneuver; Abdominal thrusts


    First Aid
    • For a conscious person who is sitting or standing, position yourself behind the person and reach your arms around his or her waist.
    • Place your fist, thumb side in, just above the person's navel and grab the fist tightly with your other hand.
    • Pull your fist abruptly upward and inward to increase airway pressure behind the obstructing object and force it from the windpipe.
    • If the person is conscious and lying on his or her back, straddle the person facing the head. Push your grasped fist upward and inward in a maneuver similar to the one above.

    You may need to repeat the procedure several times before the object is dislodged. If repeated attempts do not free the airway, an emergency cut in the windpipe (tracheostomy or cricothyrotomy) may be necessary.


    Do Not


    Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if