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How To Perform the Heimlich Maneuver 
 
by VWB October 27, 2007

For Asthmatics Suffering From an Attack

Asthmatics suffering from an asthma attack will not be able to breathe. Only perform the Heimlich maneuver on a sufferer of acute asthma who has not responded to the medication or is unable to take the medication. The Heimlich maneuver will relieve an asthma attack. Perform as if the victim has an object blocking their airway.

  • Wrap your arms around the victim’s waist from behind.
  • Make a fist and push the thumb side of the fist into the victim’s upper abdomen (below their ribcage, and above their navel).
  • Take hold of your fist with your other hand and push into the victim’s upper abdomen with a fast, upward thrust.
  • Do not squeeze with your arms. Do not squeeze their ribcage. Keep the force in your hands alone.
  • Repeat until no longer necessary.

If you are suffering from an asthma attack, perform the Heimlich maneuver upon yourself as per usual.

  • If you can’t speak or breathe and you have something stuck in your throat, you need to give yourself the Heimlich maneuver if no one else around is qualified.
  • Make a fist and push the thumb side of your fist into your upper abdomen (below the ribcage and above the navel).
  • Take hold of your fist with your other hand and push into your upper abdomen with a fast, upward thrust.
  • Repeat until no longer necessary.

OR

  • Bend over an immovable, hard, horizontal object (chair, railing, table edge) and press your upper abdomen against the edge to create the fast, upward thrust.
  • Repeat until the object blocking your airway is expelled.

Tips

  • Never slap the victim’s back as that can make the situation worse by forcing the object further into the throat.
  • Victims should go to emergency room or see the doctor immediately after Heimlich maneuver has been successfully performed.

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