Heimlich Maneuver on Self
Alternate Names : Heimlich Maneuver
The Heimlich maneuver is an emergency method of removing food or other foreign
objects from the airway
to prevent suffocation.
Who is a candidate for the procedure?
A person who is choking when no other people who can perform the procedure are
around can perform a
Heimlich maneuver on himself or herself.
How is the procedure performed?
The Heimlich maneuver can be performed on oneself using several different
methods. One method is to
place the thumb side of the fist below the rib cage and above the navel, grasp
the fist with the other
hand, and press the fist into the abdomen with an upward thrusting motion,
repeating this motion until
the object is expelled. Another method is to lean over a table edge, chair, or
railing and press the
upper abdomen against the edge with a quick thrust, repeating this motion until
the object is expelled.