Heimlich Method: What is the trick we all need to know and it can save our lives

The Heimlich method can prove lifesaving in the event of a person drowning, but also in the event that we have to deal with a similar situation ourselves.

Choking occurs when a foreign object gets stuck in the throat or trachea, blocking the flow of air. In adults, a piece of food is often the ‘culprit’, while children often swallow small objects.

Because choking deprives the brain of oxygen, first aid must be given as soon as possible,

The most well-known sign indicating drowning is hands clenched around the neck, while the following signs are equally important:

– Inability to speak

– Difficulty breathing or noisy breathing

– Sounds when you try to breathe

– Cough, which can be either weak or strong

– Skin, lips and nails turn blue or dark.

– Skin that is red and then turns pale

– Loss of conscience

How to do the Heimlich method on yourself

The Heimlich method is a sequence of first aid movements used to save the life of a person who is choking on an object that has lodged in their throat and blocked their airway, preventing them from breathing.

The Heimlich method was named after Dr. Henry Heimlich (1920-2016), who invented and first described it in 1974.

If you are choking on something and there is no one around you can perform the Heimlich method on yourself by following the steps below:

-Make a fist with one hand.

-Place your thumb under your chest and below your navel.

-Grab your fist with your other hand. Press your fist into the area in a quick upward motion.

-You can also bend over the edge of a table or over a chair and push your upper abdomen towards the edge of the table or chair with sharp movements

Finally, if necessary, you can repeat the movement until you get rid of the object that is choking you.

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