Abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich maneuver, is a name given to a first aid technique that is used to help people who are choking. First aid must be administered within four minutes when a person starts choking, to prevent brain damage or even death. That is because when a person is choking he or she in unable to breathe and the brain is not receiving the oxygen that it requires. The technique was first invented by Dr. Henry Heimlich in 1974. Proper usage of this technique involves not only knowing how to do the Heimlich maneuver, but also how to identify the signs of choking that make this particular rescue tactic necessary. This knowledge is especially important for restaurant owners and their employees. Because restaurants are in the business of feeding people, there is a high risk that someone in eating at their establishment will choke. If this occurs, employees and management must be able to respond promptly and appropriately. Regardless of whether a person works in the restaurant industry or not, it is of the greatest importance that everyone knows how to respond and perform the Heimlich maneuver.
This link takes the reader to a report that explains what the laws are in each state for how to provide aid to choking patrons. The report reviews the requirements and immunity of fourteen states.
This article explains what the Heimlich maneuver is and what should be taken into consideration before performing it. Readers will also learn how to perform the Heimlich.
This article is useful to readers who want to know how to know if a person is choking and what to do. It explains what the universal signs of choking are and it also explains the five-and-five approach of administering first aid.
Readers who click on this link are given a list of symptoms that are associated with choking. Each of the recognizable gestures, or behaviors, are listed using a bullet point with some given a brief description.
This article is for the reader who wants to know what type of first aid should be administered according to the situation. The article informs readers on what type of first aid to administer on people who are choking and conscious, if the person is obese, and if the person is pregnant.
This link takes readers to the ABC News website where they can learn how to perform the Heimlich maneuver by watching a video demonstration. The video discusses and includes a list of the common signs associated with choking.
This is a New York Times Health Guide article that focuses on choking. Readers will learn about the causes of choking, considerations, signs of choking, first aid, and what not to do.
This Montgomery County article gives instruction on how to perform the Heimlich maneuver. The article explains when and how to perform the Heimlich on oneself and on other people such as people who are unconscious and obese or rotund.
Clicking on this link will open up a PDF document that reviews how to do the Heimlich Maneuver as a first aid response to choking. The article explains when and how to use the Maneuver.
This link takes readers to the NHS website and information that will help them act in a situation where someone is choking. The page explains to the reader how he or she should assess the situation and how to react according to this assessment.
This link leads to an article on the KidsHealth website that explains what happens when a person chokes and also explains what the Heimlich maneuver is. Readers will also learn what they should do if a person is choking, when to call the doctor, and how to prevent choking.
This is a page on the University of Michigan Health Systems website. It reviews choking prevention for children. Readers who click on this link will learn what to do to prevent choking accidents and are instructed to take a CPR class to learn what to do when a child is choking.
This page gives step-by-step instruction on how to perform abdominal thrusts on people who are conscious and choking. There is also a link to a video demonstration.
On this page readers will find a list of links that are restaurant related. The links are to posters and other safety documents such as safety reports and manuals.