Wednesday, January 17, 2018

“You’re a life saver” is an expression of appreciation. But after a recent incident, Canadian sports announcer and commentator Mauro Ranallo meant it quite literally. The hero of the story is MMA legend Frank Shamrock.

Ranallo was recently eating salmon in a restaurant when he began choking. Luckily Shamrock was nearby, and used the Heimlich Maneuver to save his life. Via the social network:

In keeping with Ranallo’s characteristically kind wish that good come from the incident, directions for the Heimlich Maneuver follow, via WikiHow:

How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver

If someone is choking, it’s important you know what to do to help. The Heimlich maneuver (abdominal thrusts) is an emergency response technique that can save a life in seconds. It is a simple action that will often dislodge food or another object from a person’s airway when they are choking, as it provides an increase in pressure in the abdomen and chest, enabling the object to be expelled.

Performing the Heimlich on a Standing Person

1. Determine if the person is truly choking. A choking victim will often have their hands around their throat. If you notice someone making this gesture, look for other choking signals. You should only perform the Heimlich on a choking person. Look for the following:
Cannot breathe or experiencing loud, difficult breathing
Cannot speak
Inability to cough effectively
Blue or gray color to lips and fingernail beds
Loss of consciousness

2. Let the person know you’re going to perform the Heimlich. Tell the choking person you want to help them. Let them know you know the Heimlich Maneuver and are going to perform it on them.

3. Wrap your arms around the person’s waist. Stand with your legs separated to best support your body. Gently wrap both arms around their waist. Lean them forward slightly.

4. Position your hands. With one hand, make a fist. Which hand you use does not matter. Position your fist below the ribcage, but above the navel. Then, wrap your other hand around your fist.

5. Make a series of thrusts. To make a thrust, press hard and quick into the abdomen. Pull inward and upward as you press. It should feel like you’re trying to lift the person off the ground.
Make the thrusts quick and forceful.
Perform five abdominal thrusts in quick succession. If the object is still not dislodged, repeat with five additional thrusts.
6. Perform back blows. If the object is not dislodged with the Heimlich maneuver, do back blows. Deliver five blows to the person’s back with the heel of your hand. Aim for the area between the shoulder blades.
Press down hard, as you need to use enough force to dislodge the object.
However, keep the force confined to your hands. Do not squeeze the area surrounding the person’s ribcage or abdomen.

7. Call emergency services. Call emergency services if the object is not dislodged. Preferably, have someone else call emergency services after the Heimlich fails the first time and you are performing another round of back blows. When an emergency service worker arrives, they can get the object dislodged. At this point, stay away from the choking person.

For four more methods:
•Performing the Heimlich on a Standing Person
•Performing the Heimlich on Someone Lying Down
•Performing the Heimlich on an Infant
•Performing the Heimlich on Yourself