Heimlich maneuver


Heim·lich maneuver

noun \ˈhīm-lik-\

Definition of HEIMLICH MANEUVER

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

Origin of HEIMLICH MANEUVER

Henry J. Heimlich b1920 American surgeon
First Known Use: 1974

Heim·lich maneuver

noun \ˌhīm-lik-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HEIMLICH MANEUVER

: 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. He devised an operation for the replacement of the esophagus and developed the Heimlich maneuver, publishing a monograph on it in 1976.

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Heimlich maneuver

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Emergency procedure for dislodging a foreign body from a choking victim's throat, devised by the U.S. surgeon Henry J. Heimlich. It is used only when the airway is totally obstructed, as shown by inability to speak or breathe. The rescuer reaches around the victim from behind, grasps one fist in the other just below the victim's rib cage, and makes several upward thrusts into the victim's belly. This expels the foreign object with air from the victim's own lungs. An unconscious victim is laid faceup and the thrusts are given by a kneeling or squatting rescuer.

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