This Fireman’s Trick is a simple life-saver. Why haven’t I learned this before now?
Many of us were taught to use the Heimlich Maneuver if we are with someone who starts choking. It is a life-saving technique worth practicing.
What should you do if you are choking and you are alone? If no one is around to help, and you get something stuck in your throat that blocks your windpipes, there is a technique that can help.
Firefighter Jeff Rehmen demonstrates an awesome technique that can help you answer the question, “What would I do if I were alone?”
Hopefully, you will never find yourself in this terrifying situation, but if you do, this technique can help.
Watch for yourself, below, and please share this technique with your friends and family.
video caption: This is an effective and simple way to save yourself if you’re alone and choking, brought to you by a Fire fighter/Paramedic ACLS/BLS Instructor. Special Thanks to Lt. Mark (Mother) Sherman.
This information is truly life-saving. The National Safety Council reports:
According to Injury Facts 2017, choking is the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death. Of the 5,051 people who died from choking in 2015, 2,848 were older than 74.
Food is often responsible for choking incidents in the elderly. Living alone, and having dentures or difficulty swallowing can increase risk.
If you see someone clutching their throat, coughing, gagging, wheezing or passed out, would you know what to do?
The Heimlich Maneuver
If a person is coughing forcefully, encourage continued coughing to clear the object.
A person who can’t cough, speak or breathe, however, needs immediate help. Ask if they are choking and let them know you will use abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich maneuver, to prevent suffocation. The procedure is not recommended for children younger than 1.
- Stand behind the victim with one leg forward between the victim’s legs
- For a child, move down to their level and keep your head to one side
- Reach around the abdomen and locate the navel
- Place the thumb side of your fist against the abdomen just above the navel
- Grasp your fist with your other hand and thrust inward and upward into the victim’s abdomen with quick jerks
- For a responsive pregnant victim, or any victim you cannot get your arms around or for whom abdominal thrusts are not effective, give chest thrusts from behind; avoid squeezing the ribs with your arms
- Continue thrusts until the victim expels the object or becomes unresponsive
- Even after choking stops, seek medical attention