If someone was choking, could you save them? - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

If someone was choking, could you save them?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

By Jamey Boyum - email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email | Twitter

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - On September 8th we shared how an East Texas dispatcher saved a man's life. An Oklahoma man was in the Titus County Sheriff's Department and began choking on a piece of hard candy. A fast thinking dispatcher came to his aid and saved his life by doing the Heimlich Maneuver. But, if you needed to save someone's life, would you know how to do it?

Let's say you are eating lunch on a quick break. You are in a hurry and literally inhale your food. It has happened to a lot of us, or maybe you have seen it happen. How do you know it is time for the Heimlich?

"One of the universal signs someone is having an airway obstruction is the inability to speak," said Michael Miller, an East Texas Medical Center paramedic. "People will grab their throat because they can't breathe. The Heimlich Maneuver is usually indicated in that circumstance…so, him in a seated position I got behind him with one fist. Cup your other hand. Go right below the ribcage and go inward and upward with one motion. Do that rapidly until you either expel the object or make him breathe. Usually it's pretty instant. When you come inward and upward you're pushing the stomach up pushing everything up - air inside the lungs and you're forcing that object where it blocked to come out."

But what if the victim has passed out?

"If they're lying on the floor you could possibly use the palm of your hand and intertwine both of your hands and go inward and upward that way. You want to be more careful with a child than with an adult and not use as much force," he explained.

What if no one is around when it happens to you?

"You could position yourself against something - a table, a desk - something that's waist high and then force yourself on that object as hard as you can to try to get the object loose that way," Miller said.

Miller points out there is always some air in the lungs so if you do it right, it should work every time. Remember to keep a firm grip on the victim since they can lose consciousness from lack of oxygen. If you have to perform it on yourself, try to use a wood-backed chair.


Related Stories:
Dispatcher saves man choking on piece of candy

Copyright 2010 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Tyler police ID victim, suspect in fatal pedestrian incident

    Sunday, June 17 2018 10:02 PM EDT2018-06-18 02:02:44 GMT
    Source: Tyler policeSource: Tyler police

    On Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:02 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 9800 block of Hwy 271 N. on a report of a body that was located in the median.

    More >>

    On Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 8:02 a.m., Tyler Police responded to the 9800 block of Hwy 271 N. on a report of a body that was located in the median.

    More >>
  • 31st Annual Cattle Barron's Gala for cancer

    31st Annual Cattle Barron's Gala for cancer

    Saturday, June 16 2018 8:44 PM EDT2018-06-17 00:44:39 GMT

    For 31 years the Tyler Cattle Barron’s Gala has not only raised money for those fighting back against cancer but celebrating those who have conquered cancer. The public were able to enjoy a night of live musical entertainment from local artist, a live auction that includes poker night with the Dallas Cowboys, a trip to Chicago and more.            Since the gala's inception, they have helped raised over 15 million dollars for the American Cancer S...

    More >>

    For 31 years the Tyler Cattle Barron’s Gala has not only raised money for those fighting back against cancer but celebrating those who have conquered cancer. The public were able to enjoy a night of live musical entertainment from local artist, a live auction that includes poker night with the Dallas Cowboys, a trip to Chicago and more.            Since the gala's inception, they have helped raised over 15 million dollars for the American Cancer S...

    More >>
  • More auto burglaries in White Oak

    More auto burglaries in White Oak

    Saturday, June 16 2018 7:46 PM EDT2018-06-16 23:46:16 GMT
    For the third time in two years, an East Texas community is plagued with residential auto burglaries. White Oak police say last week they had yet another string of auto burglaries in 3 quiet neighborhoods of their city. In a quiet town, when many still leave their doors unlocked at night, a familiar pattern of suspects going street to street and burglarizing cars has popped up again for White Oak police.  "We had numerous reports of vehicles being entered some committed t...More >>
    For the third time in two years, an East Texas community is plagued with residential auto burglaries. White Oak police say last week they had yet another string of auto burglaries in 3 quiet neighborhoods of their city. In a quiet town, when many still leave their doors unlocked at night, a familiar pattern of suspects going street to street and burglarizing cars has popped up again for White Oak police.  "We had numerous reports of vehicles being entered some committed t...More >>
Powered by Frankly