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First aid

12 March 2009

Heimlich manoeuvre

It's a classic life-saving technique, but only if it's done properly: here's exactly how to perform the Heimlich.

Just about all of us have experienced the desperate sensation of choking. While you're eating and chatting a piece of food suddenly gets stuck in your windpipe, and you're gasping for breath.

With the help of one of three variations of the well-known Heimlich manoeuvre (including an adaptation so you can apply it to yourself), many thousands of people have been saved from choking to death.

Material adapted from a feature originally appearing in YOU Pulse; Spring, September 2007

 

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