Basic first aid: Performing the Heimlich maneuver

Knowing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver correctly is a life-saving skill


By C1 Staff

Knowing how to perform the Heimlich maneuver correctly is a life-saving skill that can end up helping you, a coworker or even a family member. But knowing how to perform it correctly is critical, because if not done correctly, you can actually cause more harm than good.

The Heimlich maneuver is credited to Dr. Henry Heimlich, a Cincinnati surgeon. He first described the procedure in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1974. Soon after, a columnist covering the medical industry wrote a column about the new maneuver, creating the term “Heimlich maneuver.”

For how to perform the maneuver, watch the video below:

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