Heimlich-maneuver meaning

hīmlĭk, -lĭKH
The Heimlich maneuver is defined as an emergency procedure that dislodges an obstruction in the windpipe by applying strong pressure on a person's abdomen.

When your friend is choking on his steak and you put your arms around him and apply quick bursts of pressure to the abdomen area to dislodge the food, this is an example of the Heimlich maneuver.

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An emergency technique used to eject an object, such as food, from the trachea of a choking person. The technique employs a firm upward thrust just below the rib cage to force air from the lungs, thereby dislodging the obstruction.
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An emergency technique used to dislodge an object stuck in the windpipe: air is forced up the windpipe by applying sudden, sharp pressure to the abdomen just below the rib cage.
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An emergency technique used to eject an object, such as food, from the trachea of a choking person. The technique employs a firm upward thrust just below the rib cage to force air from the lungs, thereby dislodging the obstruction.
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(emergency medicine) A first aid procedure used to treat choking. The patient is lifted from behind, squeezing their diaphragm to expel air and thereby dislodging an obstruction in the windpipe.
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Origin of heimlich-maneuver

  • After Henry Jay Heimlich (born 1920), American surgeon

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named after physician Henry Heimlich who described the procedure in 1974.

    From Wiktionary