Video:How to Do the Heimlich Maneuverwith Rod Brouhard
Choking can happen to anyone, and knowing how to react in these situations can help save someone's life. Learn how to do the Heimlich maneuver so you are informed and prepared.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Do the Heimlich ManeuverHi, I'm Rod Brouhard, your Guide to First Aid at About.com. Choking can happen to anyone of any age. Reacting quickly and correctly to a choking victim may very well save a life.
Remain Calm During an EmergencyFirst, stay calm. If the victim is coughing, encourage him to continue until the object is out. If you believe a person can't breathe, ask.
Move Into Heimlich Maneuver PositionMove behind the victim. Put your arms around the victim's middle with your fist just above the belly button. Cover your fist with the other hand.
Perform the Heimlich ManeuverQuickly and forcefully thrust inward and upward in a hook-like motion. Repeat these thrusts until the victim coughs up the food or object. If the victim becomes unconscious, begin CPR.
Authorities disagree on whether back slaps are effective for choking victims. It's not incorrect to slap a victim on the back, but it's probably not necessary, either. For more information, visit us on the Web at firstaid.about.com.