INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - You've probably heard of the Heimlich maneuver, but did you know it is no longer the primary emergency response method for helping a choking victim? It hasn't been for some time.
Eight years ago the American Red Cross dropped the name and replaced it with the term "abdominal thrusts." The organization says the thrusts are a secondary method to help clear someone's airway.
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"(Once choking victims) are no longer coughing, that's when you start to do the back blows. If nothing comes out, that is when you move to the abdominal thrusts for the same purpose," said Stephanie Iacobucci, a certified trainer with the American Red Cross of Indianapolis. "You go between those two skills, back and forth five times each until the object is dislodged and they are breathing OK."
Each year the American Red Cross teaches the life saving measures to more than 10,000 Hoosiers. Classes can be booked online at Redcross.org.
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