History behind the Heimlich maneuver
Henry Judah Heimlich is the scientist behind the invention of the Heimlich maneuver. Precisely, the Heimlich maneuver is a useful process of abdominal thrust used in first aid or emergency medicine aimed at averting choking. It was first explained in 1974 (Sweeney 13). Conducting abdominal thrust encompasses an individual who is performing the first aid to position him/herself behind a patient. Hands are used to pile pressure on the lower part of the diaphragm (Ichikawa et al. 4). Consequently, the pressure helps to constrain the lungs and an item blocking the trachea is expelled.
Prior to the discovery of abdominal thrust, back slaps were commonly used in first aid procedures across the globe. However, they were a major cause of death because they were associated with placing foreign materials into the trachea (Ichikawa et al. 4). For this reason, in the early 1980s, the American Heart Association decided to halt endorsi