Use the Heimlich maneuver when someone is choking on something
and cannot cough or speak — that means the person cannot breathe.
Another sign is if the skin begins to turn blue. In these
circumstances, the Heimlich maneuver can be lifesaving. Here's
how to do it.
For an adult who is standing or sitting:
Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around his
or her waist.
While making a fist, press your thumb into the person's
abdomen, just above the navel but below the ribcage.
Wrap your other hand around your fist and then thrust
upward quickly into the person's upper abdomen to expel
Repeat until the object is expelled.
Stand behind a sturdy chair, grasping the top with both
Place your upper abdomen against the top of the chair.
Thrust your body weight forcefully and rapidly against
the chair. Repeat until the object is dislodged.
© Harriet Greenfield
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