Heimlich maneuver. Although the term may sound unfamiliar, I’m sure many of you have seen this happen in movies where someone chokes on food, and one person performs the Heimlich maneuver, saves the day, and walks out looking like a hero. So if you want to know how to save a choking person’s life, read on.
The Heimlich maneuver consists of abdominal thrusts performed on a person who has choked on food. This is usually first aid given by someone else, but if you don’t have anyone, you can easily do it yourself.
Why should you learn to perform the Heimlich maneuver?
When we eat, it goes into our mouth, through the food pipe, and then into our stomach. But sometimes, when we talk or laugh while eating, our food gets stuck in the opening of the trachea (trachea) and prevents us from breathing, which can eventually lead to death.
If you are in a restaurant or at home having dinner and a family member, friend, or even a stranger has choked on their food, there is no time to take them to the doctor in this case. You could save a life if you know how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. The Heimlich maneuver will dislodge food stuck in the throat!
Dr. Siddhant Bhargava, a famous nutritionist, explained how to perform the Heimlich maneuver through an Instagram reel.
Here are the steps to perform this first aid:
- Stand behind the person choking and put your fist 3 inches below their rib cage or 3 inches above their belly button.
- Bring your other arm around them and wrap it over the fist.
- It would help if you exerted pressure inwards, that is, towards yourself and also upwards.
- Give five such pushes in succession; if it doesn’t work, give five more.
- You can also do it yourself if no one is around to help.
Take 5 minutes out of your day and practice this maneuver to help someone and save a life!