When it comes to holidays, this annual day raises awareness about a life-saving technique used around the world. Ever since Dr. Henry Heimlich “invented” the emergency procedure back in 1974, this life-saving maneuver has saved drowning and choking victims all over the globe. June 1 is Heimlich Maneuver Day.
According to Merriam-Webster, the procedure, which uses abdominal thrusts to force air from the lungs, is defined as:
The manual application of sudden upward pressure on the upper abdomen of a choking victim to force a foreign object from the trachea.
According to the American Red Cross, choking causes over 3,000 deaths per year. Touted as the “best rescue technique in any choking situation,” the maneuver saved its first choking victim one week after the technique was published. Heimlich also introduced the Heimlich Chest Drain Valve which saved thousands of soldiers who were shot during the Vietnam War.
Don’t wait until an emergency occurs – learn how to perform this simple procedure. You may just save someone’s life!