Heimlich maneuver

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Named after physician Henry Heimlich who described the procedure in 1974.

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Heimlich maneuver (plural Heimlich maneuvers)

  1. (emergency medicine) A first aid procedure used to treat choking. The patient is lifted from behind, squeezing their diaphragm to expel air and thereby dislodging an obstruction in the windpipe.

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