South Lorain County Ambulance District employees demonstrate Heimlich maneuver


Lorain County Ambulance District director Dave Knapp and Tim Wojnowski demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver Thursday afternoon. The first step involves identifying the person and confirming he or she is truly choking.

Lorain County Ambulance District director Dave Knapp and Tim Wojnowski demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver Thursday afternoon. The first step involves identifying the person and confirming he or she is truly choking.


After ensuring the person is choking, stand behind him or her and locate their naval. Make a ball with one hand and cover it with the other while wrapping your arms around the choking victim. Then pull inward and upward into the victim’s abdomen using a good amount of force. Also make sure to call 911. Choking can cause aspirated lungs and damage to the trachea.


After performing abdominal thrusts, the chocking victim typically expels whatever was caught in their throat. In the event they don’t and begin to lose consciousness, gently lower the victim to the floor. Then begin performing CPR and checking the victim’s mouth for whatever they couldn’t swallow. Only if you see something should you do a finger sweep to remove the blockage. Continue performing CPR until the blockage is expelled or the ambulance arrives.


Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

How would you react if someone sitting near you in a restaurant or attending a mutual friend’s barbecue started choking unexpectedly? Calling 911 is one option, but time is crucial when someone has food or an object blocking their main airway. That’s where the Heimlich maneuver comes in. The three-step emergency response technique can save the life of a choking victim if used effectively. “It’s really important that everyone knows it,” said South Lorain County Ambulance director Dave Knapp. Whether you need a refresher or are learning the Heimlich for the first time, take a look at these photos to familiarize yourself with the life-saving maneuver.

Lorain County Ambulance District director Dave Knapp and Tim Wojnowski demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver Thursday afternoon. The first step involves identifying the person and confirming he or she is truly choking.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/09/web1_Step1.jpgLorain County Ambulance District director Dave Knapp and Tim Wojnowski demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver Thursday afternoon. The first step involves identifying the person and confirming he or she is truly choking.

After ensuring the person is choking, stand behind him or her and locate their naval. Make a ball with one hand and cover it with the other while wrapping your arms around the choking victim. Then pull inward and upward into the victim’s abdomen using a good amount of force. Also make sure to call 911. Choking can cause aspirated lungs and damage to the trachea.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/09/web1_Step2.jpgAfter ensuring the person is choking, stand behind him or her and locate their naval. Make a ball with one hand and cover it with the other while wrapping your arms around the choking victim. Then pull inward and upward into the victim’s abdomen using a good amount of force. Also make sure to call 911. Choking can cause aspirated lungs and damage to the trachea.

After performing abdominal thrusts, the chocking victim typically expels whatever was caught in their throat. In the event they don’t and begin to lose consciousness, gently lower the victim to the floor. Then begin performing CPR and checking the victim’s mouth for whatever they couldn’t swallow. Only if you see something should you do a finger sweep to remove the blockage. Continue performing CPR until the blockage is expelled or the ambulance arrives.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/09/web1_Step3.jpgAfter performing abdominal thrusts, the chocking victim typically expels whatever was caught in their throat. In the event they don’t and begin to lose consciousness, gently lower the victim to the floor. Then begin performing CPR and checking the victim’s mouth for whatever they couldn’t swallow. Only if you see something should you do a finger sweep to remove the blockage. Continue performing CPR until the blockage is expelled or the ambulance arrives.