FOR CONSCIOUS VICTIM:
If victim can cough, speak, or breath…Do not interfere.
If victim cannot cough, speak, or breathe, have someone call for help!
PERFORM THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER
1. Stand behind the victim.
2. Wrap arms around the victim’s waist.
3. Make a fist with one hand and place the thumb side against the victim’s abdomen in the
midline slightly above the navel and well below the xiphoid..
XIPHOID: The third and lowest segment of the human sternum.
4. Grasp fist with the other hand.
5. Press into the victim’s abdomen with quick upward thrusts.
. Each thrust should be distinct and delivered with the intent of relieving the airway obstruction.
. No pressure should be exerted against the rib cage with the rescurer’s forearms.
. Repeat thrusts until object is expelled or the victim becomes unconscious.
. CAUTION: Abdominal thrust may cause injury. Do not practise on people.
In cooperation with the American Red Cross. Take a class with the ARC.