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Doctor insights on: Heimlich Maneuver On Self

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Is the heimlich maneuver safe?

Is the heimlich maneuver safe?

Mostly: The heimlich maneuver is a means to rapidly increase the pressure in the chest to expel something caught in the windpipe. To the extent that it is successful, it can be lifesaving. Rarely it could cause some degree of things like rib fractures or internal damage but those consequences are worth the risk when a life is at stake. ...Read more

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Can you explain the heimlich maneuver?

Can you explain the heimlich maneuver?

Windpipe obstruction: The heimlich maneuver is a way to assist someone whose throat is blocked with (usually) food and occasionally other stuff. Since they cannot inhale either, they cannot increase the pressure in their chest too much. You reach around them, clench your hands and forcefully compress the chest to get a rush of air to push out the object in the throat. It is a lifesaver and you can be a hero. ...Read more

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How can I give myself the heimlich maneuver?

How can I give myself the heimlich maneuver?

You cannot: This requires an external compressive force around the chest and you cannot do this to yourself. Coughing and hard blowing are your only recourses if you are alone. ...Read more

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Can having the heimlich maneuver done be dangerous?

Can  having the heimlich maneuver done be dangerous?

Heimlich maneuver: Should not perform the heimlich maneuver on a person unless they literally cannot breathe. The heimlich maneuver can resulted in fractured ribs and can definitely cause some abdominal pain but it sure beats not breathing.If the person is able to breathe then you should wait to get them to the emergency room right away.You don't want a partially occluded airway to become completely occluded. ...Read more

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What is the proper heimlich maneuver for unconscious person?

What is the proper heimlich maneuver for unconscious person?

From MedlinePlus...: For a conscious person who is sitting or standing, position yourself behind the person and reach your arms around his or her waist. Place your fist, thumb side in, just above the person's navel and grab the fist tightly with your other hand. Pull your fist abruptly upward and inward to increase airway pressure behind the obstructing object and force it from the windpipe. ...Read more

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Can the heimlich maneuver stop choking on gum?

Can the heimlich maneuver stop choking on gum?

Yes: This is the kind of thing the heimlich maneuver was invented for. It should not be used on someone who is able to talk. ...Read more

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At what moment should you do the heimlich maneuver to a conscious but choking child?

At what moment should you do the heimlich maneuver to a conscious but choking child?

No air movement: When no air is able to move in or out you should try the heimlich manuever. ...Read more

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How should you perform the heimlich maneuver on someone who is very obese or in the last term of pregnancy?

How should you perform the heimlich maneuver on someone who is very obese or in the last term of pregnancy?

The same way: The heimlich maneuver in obese and pregnant patients is done the same way, but the technique of pressing just under the sternum(chest bone) from behind upwards with both arms to the patient must be absolutely accurate and not squeezing the abdomen. ...Read more

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Can you actually hurt someone when performing the heimlich manuvuer?

Can you actually hurt someone when performing the heimlich manuvuer?

Weigh the results: Yes one can be hurt by performing the heimlich maneuver as well as cpr. Broken ribs, etc. Can occur, but the alternative to saving one's life sure should outweigh not trying. There should be more of a push for proper cpr/choking training, which in dentistry, we are required to re-certify every 2 years. You don't need a professional license to obtain training. Experts cause broken bones too. ...Read more

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How do you do heimlich? Pictures pls.

Heimlich: You can check this site for this info: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000047.Htm. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be choking on food, have the heimlich and not have the food fly out?

Depends: CPR will give you the best guidelines on what to do in the instance when someone is choking and/ coughing hard. It is imperative that you learn bls, basic life support. You can find classes at your local hospital, many community programs and the american red cross chapter nearest you. ...Read more

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How would one do the heimlich on a late-pregnancy female?

How would one do the heimlich on a late-pregnancy female?

Above uterus: Careful compression of the upper abdomen (above the top of the uterus) of the pregnant woman can help dislodge foreign bodies from the upper maternal airway near term. See attached illustration for visualization (an image is worth more than a thousand words). ...Read more

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If someone is choking on a water after eating a big bite of pizza, do you give them the heimlich?

Depends: CPR will give you the best guidelines on what to do in the instance when someone is choking and/ coughing hard. It is imperative that you learn bls, basic life support. You can find classes at your local hospital, many community programs and the american red cross chapter nearest you. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need a dix hallpike maneuver?

Useful sometimes: The dix hallpike maneuver is something that is used often for certain indications. It is a diagnostic tool to help determine why someone is feeling off-balance. ...Read more

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What happens when I do a valsalva maneuver?

Valsalva: Doing a valsalva maneuver will equalize the pressure between ears and sinuses if the area is not filled with mucus or swollen. It is also called "clearing your ears". ...Read more