How to Do the Heimlich Maneuver
A Heimlich maneuver is a procedure dispensed in emergency, such as when something traps in the victim’s airway. Things might turn worse in no time. Therefore learning to perform the Heimlich maneuver properly is useful in emergencies such as this. Below is the account on how:
Heimlich Maneuver for an Adult
- If the patient experiences suffocation, ask him to get up, and indicate him to relax because you understand how to execute the Heimlich maneuver.
- Stand at the back of the patient maintaining a distance of about half an arm’s length.
- Stand over ground with a firm grip and place your arms all around the waist while your head over the back of the victim.
- Form a fist of a hand, with your thumb resting upwards towards the victim. Put the fist formation just above the victim’s belly button.
- Hold the fist with the other hand.
- Squeeze victim’s abdomen at once with all your might, pushing upwards, in five thrusts in a row.
- Don’t forget that the action must be sufficiently strong to do away with any foreign body obstructing the air passage. Have a firm hold over the patient while keeping yourself firmly planted on the ground.
- Redo the whole activity as long as the foreign object keeps trapping in or help reaches you.
The Maneuver for a child
- If child is grown enough, ask her to stand.
- Crouch just behind the child and from backside place one hand at the top of the pelvis line, the area in the mid of the abdomen. Keep the other hand on top of the first hand and exert a pulling force upwards with an appropriate measure of strength. The thrust must be in line with the child’s nose. Like in adult case, the thrusts must be in five successive rows.
- The other way round for step-II is to get the child lie with face down in your lap, with your fist below his belly at a point where the ribs are attached with the breastbone.
- Hit the area with a solid blow, between the lower shoulder blades with your other hand.
- If the idea is not working and the kid has started to slide into unconsciousness, lower the child to the floor. Sit about the child’s feet.
- Place one hand over the child, having the heel of the hand palm at the belly button and exert a forceful, thrusting motion in the direction of the child’s nose in five consecutive rows.
- Watch the child’s oral passage if the foreign object has been dislocated. Take out the object employing a crooked finger. If the victim experiences paralysis, turn him to a side to avoid further stuffing on the vomit.
- Trigger rescue breathing by plugging the victim’s nose close and spread your mouth over his. Infuse in until the chest swells and allows deflation. Keep blowing in breaths until help reaches.
- Keep doing abdominal thrusting meanwhile.
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