National Heimlich Maneuver Day:
Heimlich maneuver is one of the most life-saving techniques and it is celebrated every year on the 1st of June.
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Why National Heimlich Maneuver Day?
The technique which we employ when we see someone choking to breathe is known as the Heimlich maneuver. It is a method where abdominal thrusts are used for forcing the air to your lungs allowing it to breathe. It also helps in expelling the object which is causing the person to choke. This day is an observance of this technique, founded by Dr. Henry Heimlich, on whom this has been named.
Learning to use the maneuver correctly can help you save someone someday. There are many courses available to help you learn this maneuver and also to identify the signs of choking so that you can help them. This technique is taught mandatorily to physicians, nurses, law enforcement, first responders, child care and elderly care workers, and those who are in high-risk jobs. But there is no restriction on who can or cannot learn this technique either.
The importance of this maneuver cannot be undermined and it has proven to be quite successful for many years, saving many lives as well. The count of lives saved with this maneuver seems to go beyond 50000. Given that choking is a serious concern with victims losing their lives within 4 to 6 minutes, it is important to know the right technique in these situations and that is why it is important to bring awareness to this technique. This is why this day is celebrated every year in June.
How can we observe National Heimlich maneuver Day?
Learning this technique can help anyone you want on any day you want and this day could just be the beginning to learn it. It is a day to honor the technique which is capable of saving so many lives. That is not all though. You can enjoy this day in many other ways. You can also do some of the below things on this day.
- Heimlich maneuver is not the only life-saving technique that you can learn on this day. You can start by learning simple first-aid techniques to help in the place of emergencies. You can register for a class and get certifiedin administering first-aid to those who need it.
- If you are a certified person in first-aid and Heimlich maneuver then you can use this day to teach others about it. This will also help in saving many lives in the future.
- There is a very specific way to administer the Heimlich maneuver and learning it is the best way to spend this day. This could be the day to learn if you have your technique right and get the basic training to use in emergencies.
Also, remember to share your thoughts and ideas about this day on your social platform with the #NationalHeimlichManeuverDay on your posts.
Interesting facts about National Heimlich Maneuver Day:
As much as the Heimlich maneuver is all about life-saving, there are also other interesting facts you might want to know about choking, its causes, the symptoms, and how it occurs.
- Choking is what a person experiences when an object, mostly a food item, gets stuck in their airway.
- While choking might happen anywhere, it is also something that can easily cause death by blocking the much-needed oxygen to your lungs. This could happen before you start comprehending the happenings around you.
- The main reason for choking is of course food that is not chewed properly but poor dentures and consumption of alcohol can also be the reason.
- The choking often starts with coughing, gagging, wheezing, not being able to talk, with the victim clutching to their throats hoping they could breathe.
- Many people try to slap the back when someone chokes. While it might slightly help, it doesn’t alleviate choking. The Heimlich maneuver is the best way to use it in such situations.
Identifying choking and its symptoms will help you to save lives.
History of National Heimlich Maneuver Day:
There is no data relating to the origins of this day. The maneuver, on the other hand, was first founded by Dr. Henry Heimlich, who published his findings in 1974, June. It was first given this name in the AMA editorial in the same year in August and has been a life-saving maneuver since then.