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June 1st Holiday

HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY

I picked this holiday very specifically because I am super paranoid about being the only other person around when someone starts choking. Especially if it is a small child. I need to know what to do. The Heimlich Maneuver seems pretty straightforward, but I have never actually had to do it so who knows if it really is that easy or not. So, for EVERYONE’s benefit, here are the instructions directly from the Heimlich Institute site:

The Heimlich Maneuver® for CHOKING ADULTS

A choking victim can’t speak or breathe and needs your help immediately. Follow these steps to help a choking victim:

  1. From behind, wrap your arms around the victim’s waist.
  2. Make a fist and place the thumb side of your fist against the victim’s upper abdomen, below the ribcage and above the navel.
  3. Grasp your fist with your other hand and press into their upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Do not squeeze the ribcage; confine the force of the thrust to your hands.
  4. Repeat until object is expelled.

UNCONSCIOUS VICTIM, OR WHEN RESCUER CAN’T REACH AROUND VICTIM: Place the victim on back. Facing the victim, kneel astride the victim’s hips. With one of your hands on top of the other, place the heel of your bottom hand on the upper abdomen below the rib cage and above the navel. Use your body weight to press into the victim’s upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust. Repeat until object is expelled. If the Victim has not recovered, proceed with CPR. The Victim should see a physician immediately after rescue.

Don’t slap the victim’s back. (This could make matters worse.)

The Heimlich Maneuver for CHOKING INFANTS

Follow these steps to help a choking infant:

Lay the child down, face up, on a firm surface and kneel or stand at the victim’s feet, or hold infant on your lap facing away from you. Place the middle and index fingers of both your hands below his rib cage and above his navel. Press into the victim’s upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust; do not squeeze the rib cage. Be very gentle. Repeat until object is expelled.

If the Victim has not recovered, proceed with CPR. The Victim should see a physician immediately after rescue.

Don’t slap the victim’s back. (This could make matters worse.)

The Heimlich Maneuver for CHOKING (ONESELF)

Follow these steps to save yourself from choking:

  1. Make a fist and place the thumb side of your fist against your upper abdomen, below the ribcage and above the navel.
  2. Grasp your fist with your other hand and press into your upper abdomen with a quick upward thrust.
  3. Repeat until object is expelled.

Alternatively, you can lean over a fixed horizontal object (table edge, chair, railing) and press your upper abdomen against the edge to produce a quick upward thrust. Repeat until object is expelled.

See a physician immediately after rescue.

Alright, now we all can be prepared. I am actually extremely happy I looked this up because I feel like I am being proactive. I just always hope that if something happens to Roman or myself that my husband (the Paramedic) will be there and will just go into lifesaving mode. I don’t have that mode….I have scream and freak out mode….not good.

Total Cost to Celebrate: $0

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As another FYI – if any of you see me choking anytime over the next 12 weeks left of this pregnancy:

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P.S. – This doesn’t look all that different so it shouldn’t be too hard to remember.

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