Just about all of us have experienced choking. While you’re eating and chatting a piece of food suddenly gets stuck in your windpipe.
Usually a slap on the back (common but not actually recommended) will dislodge it but sometimes it doesn’t work.
If the victim can’t breathe you need to act quickly because the brain can’t do without oxygen for long.
What exactly is the Heimlich maneuver?
The Heimlich maneuver is a technique used to dislodge an object
blocking someone's airway. It works by sending a blast of air upward
through the windpipe. The American Red Cross advises alternating five
back blows with five abdominal thrusts when performing the Heimlich
The Heimlich maneuver involves four basic steps for victims over 1 year old:
1. Stand behind the victim and wrap your arms around his waist.
2. Place a fist between the victim's ribcage and navel.
3. Grab one fist with the other hand and quickly thrust upward.
4. Repeat until the object comes out.
If you're choking and no one is around to help, you can perform a
modified Heimlich maneuver on yourself. Put your fist on your upper
abdomen, grab the fist with your other hand, and thrust upward until the
object dislodges. You can also perform the thrusts by pressing your
upper abdomen against the back of a chair, a table, or another fixed
After you've dislodged the object, get medical help immediately.
Watch this video to learn how to do the Heimlich manouvre