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Heimlich maneuver

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noun Heim·lich maneuver \ˈhīm-lik-\

Definition of Heimlich maneuver

  1. :  the manual application of sudden upward pressure on the upper abdomen of a choking victim to force a foreign object from the trachea



Origin and Etymology of heimlich maneuver

Henry J. Heimlich b1920 American surgeon


First Known Use: 1974


Medical Dictionary

Heimlich maneuver

noun Heim·lich maneuver \ˈhīm-lik-\

Medical Definition of Heimlich maneuver

  1. :  the manual application of sudden upward pressure on the upper abdomen of a choking victim to force a foreign object from the trachea



Biographical Note for heimlich maneuver

Heimlich

,

Henry Jay

(born 1920), American surgeon. Heimlich wrote a number of medical works for the layman, on such topics as surgery of the stomach, duodenum, and diaphragm and on postoperative care for thoracic surgery. In the 1950s, he helped pioneer and was the first surgeon in the U.S. to perform an operation for the replacement of the esophagus using a portion of the stomach. Heimlich is best known for developing the Heimlich maneuver, publishing a monograph on it in 1976.

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