February 26, 2014 Lance D. Himes Interim Director Ohio Department of Health 246 . Hi!h "t. #olumbus, Ohio 4$21% Dear &r.

Himes' (his is to brin! to your attention a concern re!ar)in! Heimlich Heroes, a first ai) trainin! pro!ram bein! presente) to stu)ents in Ohio schools that appears to contra*ene the me)ical recommen)ations of the +merican Heart +ssociation an) the +merican ,e) #ross. -ia the pro!ram.s /ebsite' #reate) by Deaconess +ssociations, Inc. 0D+I1, /ith support from the Heimlich Institute, Heimlich Heroes is a pro*en e)ucational pro!ram. +ccor)in! to this pa!e on the Heimlich Heroes /ebsite, since &ay 201$ the pro!ram has been tau!ht to hun)re)s of stu)ents in Ohio schools. 2lease clic3 this lin3 to *isit a pa!e on the Heimlich Heroes /ebsite that inclu)es the pro!ram.s first ai) trainin! *i)eos. 2lease clic3 this lin3 to *ie/ a clip from the trainin! *i)eos /hich inclu)es these instructions' If the person falls unconscious /hile you.re performin! the Heimlich maneu*er, try to ease him to the floor an) put him on his bac3. 4neel o*er his hips an) put one of your han)s on his ab)omen an) put your other han) on top of the first. (hen, use your full bo)y /ei!ht to press into the *ictim.s ab)omen /ith a 5uic3 up/ar) thrust. Once the ob6ect is )islo)!e), imme)iately !et your han)s an) arms un)er his shoul)er an) roll him to his si)e. 7ou shoul) not be surprise) if he thro/s up. 8ein! on his si)e /ill 3eep him from cho3in! a!ain. +ccor)in! to a February 20, 2014 e9mail I recei*e) from 4atie 8roo3s, ational #ommunications &ana!er, #2, : First +i) of the +merican Heart +ssociation 0+H+1, the +H+ )oes not recommen) performin! the Heimlich maneu*er 0ab)ominal thrusts1 /hen respon)in! to unconscious cho3in! *ictims. +ccor)in! to a February 10, 2014 e9mail I recei*e) from Don Laurit;en, an officer at the 2repare)ness an) Health an) "afety "er*ices #ommunications )epartment of the +merican ,e) #ross 0+,#1, the +,# )oes not recommen) performin! the Heimlich maneu*er 0ab)ominal thrusts1 /hen respon)in! to unconscious cho3in! *ictims. (his is to re5uest that your office contact the Heimlich Heroes pro!ram an) as3 a representati*e to pro*i)e you /ith' 11 (he basis for the pro!ram.s trainin! rescuers to perform the Heimlich maneu*er on unconscious cho3in! *ictims. 21 (he names of all me)ical professionals an) or!ani;ations that ha*e re*ie/e) an) appro*e) the pro!ram. 7ou may also /ish to re*ie/ these relate) )ocuments'

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(han3 you for your consi)eration an) I loo3 for/ar) to your reply.

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