How to Perform the Heimlich Maneuver
Save a life with the Heimlich Maneuver! Detailed, illustrated instructions show you how, whether the rescuer is an adult or a child. You can even learn to save yourself. Click here to learn how »
Dr. Henry J. Heimlich is a thoracic surgeon, medical innovator, and humanitarian who has likely saved more lives than any other living physician. His career has been dedicated to finding simple, creative ways to solve complex health problems. While he is best known for inventing the Heimlich Maneuver to save the lives of choking victims, he has developed many other livesaving medical procedures and devices.
The thoracic surgeon is best known for developing the Heimlich Maneuver, the world’s easiest to learn and most universally known method to save people from choking to death on food or small objects. But many people don’t know about Dr. Heimlich’s other lifesaving innovations: He was the first American surgeon to perform the reversed gastric tube operation, which replaces a damaged or defective esophagus using a tube made from the patient’s stomach; he invented the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve, which saved the lives of thousands of American soldiers during the Vietnam War and continues to be used in hospitals and military organizations around the world; and he developed the Heimlich MicroTrach, which provides a more efficient way for people to take oxygen compared to traditional methods.
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