(also Heimlich procedure)
A first-aid procedure for dislodging an obstruction from a person’s windpipe in which a sudden strong pressure is applied on their abdomen, between the navel and the ribcage.
- I got round the back of him and did the Heimlich manoeuvre.
- His mum was patting him on the back and had to give him the Heimlich manoeuvre.
- Then I'll show him the Heimlich manoeuvre and teach him the green cross code.
1970s: named after Henry J. Heimlich (born 1920), the American doctor who developed the procedure.
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