- Make a fist with one hand. Place your thumb of this hand below your rib cage and above your navel.
- Grasp your fist with your other hand. Press your fist into the area with a quick upward movement.
If you are choking on something, you can perform the Heimlich maneuver on yourself. Follow these steps:
You can also lean over a table edge, chair, or railing. Quickly thrust your upper belly area (upper abdomen) against the edge.
If you need to, you should repeat this motion until the object blocking your airway comes out.
See also: Choking first aid
Braithwaite SA, Perina D. Dyspnea. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 25.
Cukor J, Manno M. Pediatric respiratory emergencies: upper airway obstruction and infections. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosen's Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2014:chap 168.
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