Sunday, February 27, 2011

Today I did the Heimlich Maneuver

Not kidding.
This is serius.
Please read on and learn to do the Heimlich Maneuver, coz you never know when you might gonna perform it.
Like what I just did, today.
We were getting ready to go out.
I was preparing the kids bag, putting the spare diaper in.

Then hubby came running to me.
Both hands holding his own neck.
Eyes bulging.
Face redenning.
He looked like he was about to cough.
But not coughing.
Oh my god!
He was gasping for air!

He was heading to the toilet.
I ran to him.
Hug him from behind.
Made a fist, placed above his belly, and yanked him backwards!
He straighten his back, and I yanked again.
Nothing happened!
Yanked again.
And again.
Nothing happened!
He's not letting out even a cough!

He's still gasping.
Bending down towards the sink.
This is it.
No mercy.
I made a fist, again, but this time I hit him hard at the upper back.
I was trembling and screaming, "What did you swallow?"
But of course, he can't answer me back.

So, I kept on hitting his back with my fist.
Slap it hard.
Very hard.
And again.
Wanting whatever that was stuck at his throat to get the hell out of there!
Then finally, he started coughing!
Cough again.
And breathe!
Ya Allah! Thank God!

So, what made him choked?
Nope, not food.
Difficult to explain this but he actually chocked after an abrupt sneezed and coughed.

Choking : is the mechanical obstruction of the flow of air from the environment into the lungs, prevents breathing, and prolonged or complete choking is potentially fatal.
And the obstruction of the airway can be caused by either a foreign body (food or small objects), a respiratory diseases, or compression to the trachea a.k.a strangulation.

I have learned this Heimlich Maneuver as soon as Amin was born, 6 years ago.
Just a precaution as we all know that babies tend to put anything and everything into their mouths.
But I never would have imagine that I'd be performing this very first time (and hopefully the last time too!) on hubby.
This is the universal sign of choking.
If you see people doing this, get help.
If you are choking, use this sign to get help.
Because chocking victim cannot talk, so, please be aware of this sign language!

Three most important thing to remember when dealing with chocking people or even your own self;
  1. Encourage to cough. If the victim is coughing, this means that he's still getting air in.  This is partial chocking. Hence encourage him to cough more to clear up his wind pipe. Offer him water.
  2. Back slaps on the upper back. This is to create pressure behind the blockage, assisting the victim in dislodging the thing.  But do not back slaps when he is coughing, as it could get worst.
  3. Abdominal thrusts- also known as Heimlich Maneuver. Please be reminded that there's a difference in doing Heimlich Maneuver for normal adult, pregnant woman, older age group, kids and babies.  Also there's the Heimlich Maneuver for yourself and what to do for victim that's already unconscious due to choking. Yes, they're must be treated differently, but hell yeah I'm telling you that each of them are worth learning!
Here's how to do the Heimlich Maneuver for a concious adult, taken from eHow.
1. Ask the choking person to stand if he or she is sitting.
2. Place yourself slightly behind the standing victim.
 3. Reassure the victim that you know the Heimlich Maneuver and are going to help.
 4. Place your arms around the victim's waist.
 5. Make a fist with one hand and place your thumb toward the victim, just above his or her belly button.
6. Grab your fist with your other hand.
7. Deliver five upward squeeze-thrusts into the abdomen.
8. Make each squeeze-thrust strong enough to dislodge a foreign body.
9. Understand that your thrusts make the diaphragm move air out of the victim's lungs, creating a kind of artificial cough.
10. Keep a firm grip on the victim, since he or she can lose consciousness and fall to the ground if the Heimlich Maneuver is not effective
11. Repeat the Heimlich Maneuver until the foreign body is expelled.. but in my recent incident, I then proceeded in doing the back slaps.

Done, that's it for now.
I'll post more about it later.
In the mean time, here's a very very VERY useful youtube for guidance.

Sayang, if you're reading this, do note that I am too young to be a widow.
So, please go do the CT scan immediately, ok!
We need to know if you might have the respiratory diseases.

(pics and guide from eHow, clips from youtube)


  1. Thank God everything went fine.yeah your hubby should go for CT scan coz next time luck would not be at our side anymore!

  2. yes fiezachommel, it was indeed a scare for me.
    and syukurnya aku, YaAllah.
    yup, i will bug him daily about this until dia pi CT scan.

  3. Alhamdulillah..semua such a panic attack..i do have such respiratory problem to be exact asthma. I should let my wife know how to perform this Heimlich Maneuver. Please advice you hubby to go for specialist which I did.

  4. Ya Allah!! That is really scary! Alhamdulillah everything is ok! I think your husband had a severe allergic reaction. Last year I kena the same thing and my lungs shut down. Good thing the paramedics came in 3 mins! kalau tak I would not be writing this today. Your hubby needs to go to the doctor and figure out what happened. is your husband asthmatic?

  5. 3 minutes NANA??
    how can the paramedics arrived in 3 minutes?
    were u near the hospital?
    that's superrrr quick!

    no, my hubby not asthmatic.
    well, he was during earlier childhood, but have recovered.
    he has resdung though.

  6. SIGH .. memang rezeki I Allah panjang kan umur I. Masa tu the paramedic was right at the end of the street. Memang tu kuasa Allah lah. Anyways, dia sampai .. bagi I the nebulizer and then another set of paramedics datang. Terus bawak I naik ambulance. I got 5 times kot nebulizer that night plus entah apa lagi hehe!

    Asthma has no cure. Its just dormant. Does not mean its totally gone. It usually comes back when you're old and your body tak kuat sangat.

    He was allergic to something tu. Perhaps do an allergy test. Maybe he can try to avoid some of them. InsyaAllah. Prevention is always better than cure :D

    I hope he is feeling better ;D


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