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"How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver -- Saturday, June 1 is Heimlich Maneuver Day" by Melinda Zemper, Heimlich Institute (5/26/13 press release)

"How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver -- Saturday, June 1 is Heimlich Maneuver Day" by Melinda Zemper, Heimlich Institute (5/26/13 press release)

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"Mason Mom Saves Choking Son’s Life with Heimlich Maneuver -- Saturday, June 1 is Heimlich Maneuver Day" by Melinda Zemper, Heimlich Institute (5/26/13 press release)
"Mason Mom Saves Choking Son’s Life with Heimlich Maneuver -- Saturday, June 1 is Heimlich Maneuver Day" by Melinda Zemper, Heimlich Institute (5/26/13 press release)

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Contact: Melinda ZemperMay 26, 2013Email: mzemper@fuse.netPhone: (513) 706-3737
How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver
Saturday, June 1 is Heimlich Maneuver Day
When someone is choking, there is little time to react. That’s why it’s so
important to be prepared.It only takes four minutes for a choking victim to experience asphyxia, braindamage and death.Performing the Heimlich maneuver requires the rescuer to stand behind thevictim, put his or her arms around the choking person, and place the thumb side of one
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fist between the navel and just under the rib cage.Then the rescuer presses the fist inward and upward. The action, when appliedcorrectly, pushes the diaphragm inward and upward. This action compresses the lungs,which causes a substantial flow of air through the airway and out the mouth, expelling the
choking object and saving the victim’s life.
Repeat the action above until the food or object is expelled from the airway.Dr. Henry Heimlich, developer of the Heimlich maneuver, became interested inthe problem of saving choking victims in 1972. He was a thoracic surgeon, associateclinical professor at University of Cincinnati and director of surgery at The JewishHospital in Cincinnati. He conducted research on an anaesthetized beagle and did studieson himself and 10 other doctors, measuring the huge flow of air coming out of the mouth.He proved that pressing the diaphragm upward, compressing the lungs, couldcarry a piece of food out of airway and out of the mouth. Hitting the back or squeezingthe rigid chest does not produce any air flow. By 1974, his treatment had developed intowhat became known as the Heimlich maneuver.In 1985, U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop ruled in his Public Health Reports
that administering backslaps to a choking victim is “hazardous, even lethal.” He also
urged the American Red Cross (ARC) and American Heart Association to teach only the
Heimlich maneuver in their first aid classes, and to withdraw from circulation “manuals,
posters, materials that recommend treating choking victims with back slaps and blows to
the chest.”
The ARC did not comply. Today, its website erroneously recommends fivebackslaps, then five Heimlich maneuvers to treat choking victims. The Red Cross has
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recommended backslaps since 1933 without citing one report of backslaps ever saving a
choking victim’s life. Medical evidence from the 17
th
century through today indicatesthat backslaps can lodge a piece of food or item tighter and deeper in the airway.Each week there are 10 to 20 documented cases worldwide, or up to 1,040 peopleper year, in which adults and even young children save lives by performing the Heimlichmaneuver on a choking victim. The Heimlich maneuver has become a part of popularculture: a character named Heimlich was featured in the movie
 A Bug’s Life
and
Disneyworld in Los Angeles operates a popular children’s ride called
 Heimlich’s Chew
Chew
train.Heimlich is a member of the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame (1985); theSafety and Health Hall of Fame; and a recipient of the American Academy of Achievement Award.For more information on performingthe Heimlich maneuver on adults, infants and yourself, go towww.heimlichinstitute.com.The Heimlich Institute in Cincinnati promotes the education of sixth graders on theproper way to perform the Heimlich maneuver with its Heimlich Heroes sciencecurriculum.
The program isin10 schools in Cincinnati and will havereached 523 studentsby the end of this school year. Heimlich Heroes coordinator DebbieWolfer anticipates expanding the curriculum into schools nationwide over time.HeimlichHeroes is supported by The Heimlich Institute, a subsidiary of Deaconess Associations, Inc. For more information about the Heimlich Heroes program, go
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