The Heimlich maneuver, named after its American inventor Dr. Henry Heimlich, has become a lifesaving tool to rescue people who are choking on something they’ve inhaled. By the time Heimlich died at age 96 in 2016 — from a massive heart attack — he had estimated that up to 50,000 lives had been saved by the maneuver, according to CNN.
But there is one weakness in the effective tool: Someone has to perform it on you. So what do you do if you’re all alone and choking?
WikiHow suggests first trying to cough with great force to get the object out. Secondly, make a fist with your hand and place it just below your rib cage. Use your other hand to help push your fist into you and up.
But if that doesn’t do enough, WikiHow suggests putting your fist below your ribcage and slamming it between your body and “a chair, a table, or a countertop.” See the full WikiHow article here.
However, firefighting and paramedic instructor Jeff Rehman believes he has a much faster, easier method for dislodging whatever is blocking your airway. Check it out in the video below:
Keep this in mind in case you ever find yourself in this situation! And please share this with others.
Here’s something else fascinating. Did you know that you can perform the Heimlich maneuver on your dog if it starts choking on an object its inhaled? An Animal Emergency Center & Specialty Services veterinarian demonstrates how to do that in the video below:
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