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How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver (Abdominal Thrusts)

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Watch more First Aid videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/164491-How-to-Perform-the-Heimlich-Maneuver-Abdominal-Thrusts Abdominal thrusts—also known as the Heimlich maneuver—can be used to expel a foreign object lodged in a choking victim's windpipe. Warning Never practice the Heimlich maneuver on an infant under a year old or on a person who is not choking. You could cause serious injury. Step 1: Confirm choking Confirm the victim is choking. If they are coughing, they are not choking – yet – so encourage them to continue. Signs of choking include the universal hand sign of clutching one's hands to the throat; the inability to cough or speak; labored or noisy breathing; bluish skin, lips, and nails; and loss of consciousness. Tip Don't slap a coughing person on the back – it doesn't help and can make them start to choke. Step 2: Call 911 Once you determine the person is choking, act quickly but calmly. First, send someone to call 911. Step 3: Help the victim stand Help the victim stand, if they're not already on their feet, and stand behind them with your chest to their back. Step 4: Wrap your arms around the victim Wrap your arms around the victim's torso, making a fist with your dominant hand, and center it against the victim's upper abdomen, thumb inward, above the navel and below the rib cage. With your other hand, cover your fist for support. Tip If you cannot reach your arms around their abdomen or if the victim is pregnant, compress their chest between the breasts at the breastbone. Make firm, backward thrusts. Step 5: Thrust inward and upward Quickly thrust inward and slightly upward with your fist, as if you're trying to lift the victim off their feet, causing air to rush out of their lungs. Tip Don't squeeze the rib cage as you thrust upward. Otherwise you could break a bone. Step 6: Repeat Repeat the thrusts until the object dislodges, or the victim loses consciousness. Step 7: Wait for medical help If the object does not come free and the victim loses consciousness, proceed with CPR until EMTs arrive. Step 8: Save yourself To perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself, lean your upper abdomen over a hard horizontal surface (such as a railing or the back of a chair) and use it to deliver strong, upward thrusts. Did You Know? Besides inventing the famous abdominal maneuver, Dr. Henry Heimlich also invented a chest valve that saved thousands of wounded soldiers in Vietnam.
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Madison Tignor (6 days ago)
Or flip ur friend upside down
Ben MacKay (12 days ago)
1:52 everyone please be aware... if someone’s airway is blocked cpr will be completely pointless. You cannot resuscitate someone if there is no way for air to enter the lungs. Also in Alberta Canada the procedure that is taught includes both back blows and J thrusts, switching between them. I would highly recommend researching multiple sources when educating yourself on life saving tools such as this. Nothing beats certified courses tho
vasco 717 (13 days ago)
What a video!
inlovewithi (1 month ago)
At 1:30 at step 5, I was on the phone with the 911 operator, but I told her that I couldn't do that, that it was like doing a guy. Unfortunately my friend died.
benjammin (2 months ago)
I thought you should only do CPR if the object is removed or if the victim doesn't have a pulse; it seems dangerous trying to do rescue breaths when a victim still has something stuck in his/her throat.
CharlotteHacks (2 months ago)
Punching yourself also helps cough the food up. Or if youre really low on air have someone kick your stomach hard enough to get the food out of your lungs but not so hard it can break a rib or bone.
Talah Girl (2 months ago)
Why am I watching this at 12 am
Lexus Franks (4 months ago)
I was eating some grapes when my family made me laugh and I started choking, my family thought I was racking and just laughed. I disentangle know what to do so I just punched my stomach really hard and the grape came out.
EggRoll Eater69 (5 months ago)
HELP
handsomefingers (6 months ago)
I would stick a vacuum cleaner in my mouth.
superhomegamer (6 months ago)
Fact of the day! The average human can hold his breath for 2 minutes!
Yasinery Plays (7 months ago)
great acting i can save someone if it does happen like yea
Fiona Coleman (7 months ago)
This is hilarious because I choked on a grape once. Dang.
zachdevlin (8 months ago)
just searched this while choking and have died before finding out how to save myself make a quicker vid next time thanks
mjt11860 (8 months ago)
@2:03, when the invisible man takes advantage of the situation.
mjt11860 (8 months ago)
@1:30, now would b a good time to check the victim's pockets for any foreign objects, like a wallet, house keys, etc.
mjt11860 (8 months ago)
@1:30, step 5.5, form a chain behind the victim & do the macarena.
EggRoll Eater69 (8 months ago)
2:00 lucky table
MyNamaSeth (11 months ago)
Did this thot just choke on soup
badandy8888 (11 months ago)
This is outdated. Now they tell you to do 5 back blows and 5 abdominal thrusts repeating until the object dislodges
1:45 Is it just me or is this guy enjoying himself too much?
Tom Marvolo Riddle (1 year ago)
tnx pewds
223rockmaster (1 year ago)
Jesus chist im dying and i get the 15 second ad
AJ77 (1 year ago)
Fking idiots you should start with step 4
BLACKWATERFALL (1 year ago)
very good video thx
Greased up Deaf guy (1 year ago)
Anxiety
Tasty Fruity (1 year ago)
pewdiepie told me to go here
MePvmRs (1 year ago)
Who came here because of PewDiePie?
cheristar (1 year ago)
hmmm broken ribs or die, I rather have a broken rib than lose my life.
Kim Concepcion (1 year ago)
Step 9: Pick up and throw the dislodged object
Mel mel (1 year ago)
am here cause i dreamt that i guy not cool with was chocking
MC Gamingz (1 year ago)
One day after school, i was walking with a friend. I started choking on a spaceraider crisp ( search it up) i was lucky cuz i could breathe a tiny bit more because of the holes, anyways, i was so scared and noone helped me. My friend was laughing because i always prank him then and now. idk how but i started coughing and the crisp went flying XD
Private Person (1 year ago)
my countertop is short..have nothing much higher. Are there other methods if needed? can't drop to floor as I saw in another video as house is uotra small
Lichtblick (1 year ago)
good actors ^^
Brandon Vasquez (1 year ago)
2:04 and there it goes to the gutter
Bobbybobob (1 year ago)
2:00 I would lean that girl's upper abdomen over a hard horizontal surface and deliver strong upward thrusts.
Captain Zeppos (1 year ago)
RIP Dr. Heimlich. Your maneuver saved countless lives.
Link Ployd (1 year ago)
this was really helpful thanks
Sclunger (1 year ago)
Jesus Christ the guy's choking and you're filming filming a tutorial with a slow demonstration of how to do the maneuver this is horrifying
ellie.tomo (1 year ago)
Sclunger it's fake. They are actors
airiell c (1 year ago)
it is also good for your safety to position one of your legs between the choking persons two legs and have your head above their shoulders and chin on top of their shoulders
OKS ZEDD (1 year ago)
1:45 when you bust that nut
An alias (1 year ago)
A friend of my dad died in a restaurant recently because no one knew the maneuver in the room. She was 45. Had I been there I could have done it. It's sad to know that her death could have been prevented if at least one person had done something.
mjt11860 (8 months ago)
i don't know y it isn't a federal requirement that all restaurant personnel r trained in the heimlich maneuver. maybe u should start a petition.
Astroxy (1 year ago)
Lisa C sucks when emergency videos have ads...
Lisa C (1 year ago)
An alias I'm SO sorry to hear that. How tragic. These days there's no excuse for not knowing how to do it. You can look up info on the Internet at anytime. Instead of learning something worth while and how to help your fellow man, people are only interested in taking selfies.
Tree Hugger (1 year ago)
1:49 He's quite committed for the part.
222amonra (1 year ago)
You should also bend down the choking person from the waist. #1 is that is the position the body will get naturally when trying to push the object out. #2 you don't want to work against the gravity.
Cristobal Perez (1 year ago)
Why would you give rescue breaths if there's still food trapped? Wouldn't that push the food down further the trachea?
cameron unsted (1 year ago)
They might give rescue breaths because you would be able to see their chest go up and down if the trachea is unobstructed, and if it doesn't then you would know if their trachea is still blocked. But I'm not sure how helpful that would be as you could already see if their breathing as their chest would already be moving up and down.
Hamelic (1 year ago)
yo soy Hamelic
Mike Dunlap (1 year ago)
would be good if it all happened to the babes
Steve Kelly (1 year ago)
If I'm at home by myself eating a frozen pizza is there a way to perform these moves on myself?
Hui San (1 year ago)
Watch at 1:59
littlecoley88 (1 year ago)
0:45 He looks very levelheaded about his impending death at the hands of his clueless friends. I love how the girl tries to offer him some wine.
Plagick (1 year ago)
If I had to watch an advertisement before I could find out on YouTube how to give the Heimlich maneuver her I would be really upset. There is some responsibility to have the top video in this situation
Sebizzar (1 year ago)
Ok this is a serious matter but who else laughed at 2:00? xD
Karol Kozak (15 days ago)
she got pounded by Casper real bad
Shut da hell up (1 month ago)
Sebizzar not me
mjt11860 (8 months ago)
i laughed at 1:37.
willam Estrada (1 year ago)
lol meee!
PlushTuber101 PT (1 year ago)
Dont hump the island
Carolinagirl1028 (2 years ago)
I think everyone should learn how to do this. I choked on a piece of barbecue a couple years ago, probably the scariest moment of my life so far. My windpipe was completely cut off so I couldn't get any air. I remember being so afraid that my three year old was going to watch me die. Thankfully someone a few tables over knew the heimlich and saved my life. There are no words to how grateful I am to him. It took an ambulance 12 minutes to arrive. So, please take a class and learn the heimlich and CPR. I did three days later. You never know when you may need it!
Rene M (2 months ago)
Carolinagirl1028 Why were you eating a barbecue?
Dz Nts (2 years ago)
I was in like third grade and in class we were going over for and the heimlech came up and we learned about it but not the self one. When I got home that day I was eating grapes and I started choking and I remembered it but since no one was there I leaned over on the sink and started thrusting my stomach into it until I puked it out. I would be dead if it weren't for that 😅
mohiostrava (2 years ago)
At 96, Heimlich performs his own maneuver - Cincinnati Enquirer http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/05/26/henry-heimlich-finally-uses-famed-maneuver/85003350/
Connor Duke (2 years ago)
I was joking one time in a piece of dried chicken in a hotel in Italy, couldn't breath, face turning blue, etc. In that case saved myself by drinking some water which dislodged it. For harder objects the water may not help though but possibly still worth a shot if nothing else works.
nematube (2 years ago)
Nice acting, btw.
Thunder Ninja720 (2 years ago)
I was choking but my dad save me😥
ibkillah (1 year ago)
Your dad's a hero.
Anonymous (2 years ago)
I almost choked to death today, was very scary, my dad preformed Heimlich Maneuver on me and saved my life
jontheguy (2 years ago)
I almost choked once when on vacation. Didn't need to Heimlich (we had more unconventional methods and no one there knew how to do it anyway). It was really scary and messed me up for a good couple of years... I ate in the smallest pieces and always chewed like a million times before swallowing.
B B (2 years ago)
for real??
kunal gaurav (2 years ago)
look at the expression of the face of the man who was choking
Omar Al Matar (2 years ago)
This might need updating, We don't do mouth to mouth CPR anymore.
Omar Al Matar (1 year ago)
+Omar Al Matar (Bewinxed) it's also the reason we don't check for pulse anymore if they're not breathing we start CPR, because most people can't determine it well.
Omar Al Matar (1 year ago)
+rob roy everything related to first aid is subject to change with research. The reason I said it is because it's statistically better and gives higher chance of survival to only give chest compressions if you are NOT trained in CPR because most people won't know how to do it well!
rob roy (1 year ago)
Where on this world did you learn this technique?.... Because, it is very crucial you must add rescue breaths (either with manual resuscitator OR with mouth) after each set of compressions you perform on someone who is not breathing, no pulse.
Omar Al Matar (2 years ago)
I just inquired with our education department, for general public, you do not so mouth to mouth because most people can't get a good seal + it would go into the stomach instead. But if you are happy to do it, and trained to do it, then mouth to mouth is allowed.
seanplaysmusic (2 years ago)
No you still do. If you have a bag and mask, then yes you use those; but if it's just you and a person without a pulse, you can do mouth-to-mouth.
Paul Lucas (2 years ago)
In Australia call 000. I think it's dangerous and irresponsible to list an emergency phone number that's specific to a certain region when offering advice on the internet which spans the globe. It's the World Wide Web (www.).
Piatequila (3 months ago)
+Paul Lucas, Because it's the www they cannot post thousands of emergency numbers for every country ;o))) Most people know the number of their own country and it should be teached to children as soon and young as possible.
Kartik Ramesh (3 months ago)
+spalius nope
spalius (1 year ago)
Anne Marie Benoit Either way if you call 911 in another country it will redirect you to the approperiate number
Anne Marie Benoit (2 years ago)
+Paul Lucas They should probably just say call an ambulance. I'm pretty sure everyone old enough to find this video knows what the emergency service number is for their country. Responsible travelers should really look it up for any foreign country they'll be visiting too.
Small Moustache Man (2 years ago)
Skip to 1:05 If your friend is chocking. Skip to 2:00 If you are chocking right now and have no one to help you.
Super Dino (1 month ago)
lol thanks but this is for my science project xD
Ujjawal Rathore (7 months ago)
Small Moustache Man thanks
Sam Jackson (8 months ago)
Small Moustache Man I'm glad I ran into your comment as I began choking & didn't waste precious time watching the whole video. I would've been choked to 💀 skip here... skip there...👍 good job 👏
RexBlade Plays (9 months ago)
I went to this video because I was about to choke while I was eatting
MyNamaSeth (11 months ago)
Thanks Hitler
Delphi Builder (2 years ago)
I wish I knew this before the last time I choked
Carolyn Sandidge (3 years ago)
I was choking and managed to alert a family member that I was choking so it made me think what if no one else was around what does one do? So thanks for the instructions on what to do if I were alone.
Exowelle (3 years ago)
okay someone spluttered let's call 911
I would love to choke the girl with the purple turtleneck on until I crushed her windpipe
Altairific (3 years ago)
A 30 seconds unskippable ad? Good bye world
I_want_to_die_ 69 (1 year ago)
SuperOldschool1994 it takes how long to go unconscious. hmmmmmmmmmm
SuperOldschool1994 (2 years ago)
It takes 4 minutes to die from choking
Makis Makiavelis (2 years ago)
+Brian Martone I concur, Adblock can save lives in situations like that.
Brian M. (2 years ago)
+Altairific Adblock
Biti Ranjan (3 years ago)
good video
Valentino Jurisic (3 years ago)
they look fuckin dumb
RABtoons (3 years ago)
This video took to long my friend died while I was watching it...good job!
n av (4 months ago)
RABtoons u shouldn't play like that
Eulalio Hayden (7 months ago)
RABtoons oh my goodness . My life was getting miserable. Thanks for making laugh
Cristiano Ronaldo (1 year ago)
owned
Christo Thomas (2 years ago)
yeah right
Abhishek Singh (2 years ago)
???????
MrOrstrich (3 years ago)
Ok now gettin unchoked is really.... the fun part is how do you get choked.
Rin okumura (3 years ago)
I think she choked on soup...
Lone Eagle (3 years ago)
soldiers in vietnam really? But did he do anything to save all those kids in hospitals in vietnam with agent orange deformities?
channel1 (3 years ago)
This sort of feels like a porno. :|
Valentino Jurisic (3 years ago)
i agree
DoseOfDani (4 years ago)
one time I choked on a grape and instead of spitting it out it probably went in my lungs... I HAVE A GRAPE IN MY LUNGS (that's bad)
Kim Smith (2 years ago)
+xRedskyy actually my ex husbands brothers little boy choked on a peanut and ended up with a collapsed lung,he was ok after they sorted him out,dont know about a grape,i think that would more likely get stuck in the windpipe,there has been three cases of young children dying choking on a grape in the last few weeks
Sya (3 years ago)
it is impossible to survive with a foreign object in your lungs
Soul Reaver (3 years ago)
if you had a grape in your lungs you would be dead now 
MiniM0se (4 years ago)
Damn, got horny because of the purple shirt girl...!
Nicole H (3 years ago)
Meanwhile your choking friend is dying. XD
cintu lator (4 years ago)
Hitting on the upper back has helped many times. Heimlich maneuver is good, but very dangerous.
millenium2003 (4 years ago)
Germans had to put their name on it....
Ну какой же абсурд показан! Мало того, что зачисление Хаймлиха эффективен лишь в том случае, если посторонний объект ПОЛНОСТЬЮ перекрыл дыхательные пути, этак непрямой массаж сердца делается СОВЕРШЕННО по другому, не говоря о том, что лучше его мастерить мужчине, какой тупил рядышком (про эффективность искусственного дыхания при забитых воздушных проходах я вообщем умолчу)
Andrea Patane (4 years ago)
I learned how to do it in the class I took at the American Red Cross. I passed it! You're not talking about Heimlich from A Bug's Life, aren't you?
Nat Cat (4 years ago)
1:05 if it's an emergency.
Wu Hao (4 years ago)
mark...
Diego V (4 years ago)
naked heimeich maneuver
sgtsnakeeyes11 (4 years ago)
ghost fuck yourself
Stephen NewYen (4 years ago)
Ignoramus.....
Ozziedots09 (4 years ago)
I inhaled a tiny piece of salad at a dinner party and thank heavens one guy there knew the heimlich because I was just about to pass out from not being able to breathe. He did it about 5 times and the blockage flew out and I took a giant breath and was shaking all over.At the time I didn't know you can do the heimlich on yourself. He saved my life by using it
Antifaith29 (4 years ago)
The Heimlich Maneuver is stupid and dangerous, you're more likely to get someone killed than not using it. It's actually illegal in many countries and you can be charged with a crime for using it.
Ballsack Barry (4 years ago)
did he died?
IdentNone (4 years ago)
Looks like you've done a lot of chewing in your day.
peopleandanimalslovm (4 years ago)
pause at the VERY begging of 1:04 GAY!
Piatequila (3 months ago)
Ho cares, stupidhead.
MrCrossover2000 (4 years ago)
i am sorry to hear it, get your mind off it and take it easy
mohammed elsharbatly (4 years ago)
also happened to my dad today :0
diatras (4 years ago)
Just chew your food properly and you'll be fine!!!
samuraikitty18 (4 years ago)
Ironically enough it was a fat grape that was nearly my downfall.
samuraikitty18 (4 years ago)
Everyone should know how to do this! My mom saved my life earlier this year...got to that point where I couldn't breathe, I was passing out. She saved my life. Also have done the self chair maneuver to myself a couple times when stuff wasn't going up or down. I know, I really need to learn how to eat...
Luke ifhy (4 years ago)
2:06 I'd like to give her some strong upward thrusts... if you know what I mean.
StarryNightMary (4 years ago)
Oh, and I chocked on something really small that tightened my throat. Not everyone chokes on big pieces of food.
StarryNightMary (4 years ago)
I chocked once and my sister didn't know what to do. She just stood there looking at me. And you're not that calm when you're chocking, you turn red, start freaking out, you do put your hands at your throat, you would even start jumping up and down or start breaking plates. Luckily for me, after what felt like a minute, what was stuck in my throat cleared and my lungs got air. I'm going to show her this video.
JakodaRay (4 years ago)
the last part of the vid was kinda hot...
526christian (4 years ago)
It looks so wrong.

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