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How Do You Perform The Heimlich Maneuver On A Pregnant Women?

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While you can perform the Heimlich Maneuver on a pregnant woman, you must use a modified version to avoid harming the woman or the fetus. You can also perform this modified Heimlich Maneuver on a very obese person if you find you can't wrap your arms around his torso. How to Perform a Modified Heimlich Maneuver on Pregnant Women Step 1 Ask, "Are you choking?" Stay calm, and try to keep the victim calm as well. Step 2 Point to a specific person and tell him to call 911. Instruct the person to tell the operator that someone is choking. Don't just call out for anyone to call 911, as bystanders may freeze or panic in emergency situations. Step 3 Ask the victim whether she is pregnant, unless it is obvious. Using the standard Heimlich Maneuver can harm a fetus even in early stages of pregnancy, when the woman doesn't appear to be pregnant. Step 4 Position yourself behind the choking woman. Step 5 Lean the victim forward slightly and tilt her head downward, allowing gravity to help you ... more
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