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Learn the Heimlich Maneuver, a Friend of Mine Choked To Death

This last weekend while eating at a restaurant a friend of mine choked to death.  The first thing that goes through your mind is why someone didn’t give him the Heimlich maneuver.  Actually several people tried unsuccessfully to give it.  He was a large man and his size may have made it hard to accomplish. The paramedics were unsuccessful in an attempt to resuscitate him.

Since then I have talked to several medical people about the Heimlich maneuver and have learned a lot.  First it doesn’t always work.  One friend who is a paramedic in Canada says that their procedure is to try the Heimlich 5 times, then bend the person over and strike between the shoulder blades with the palm of your hand 5 times and then repeat the Heimlich 5 more times.  …

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