Harvard Health Letter

The Heimlich maneuver

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:
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