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Emergencies and First Aid - Heimlich Maneuver on an Adult
The Family Health Guide
Heimlich Maneuver on an Adult
If the person is sitting or standing, stand behind him or her. Form a fist with one hand and place your fist, thumb side in, just below the persons rib cage in the front. Grab your fist with your other hand. Keeping your arms off the persons rib cage, give four quick inward and upward thrusts. You may have to repeat this several times until the obstructing object is coughed out.
If the person is lying down or unconscious, straddle him or her and place the heel of your hand just above the waistline. Place your other hand on top of this hand. Keeping your elbows straight, give four quick upward thrusts. You may have to repeat this procedure several times until the obstructing object is coughed out.