Knowing how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver is absolutely important — you could save lives with that easy first aid procedure. But what if you’re out in the woods alone and you choked on your food (like s’mores or hotdog)? What if there’s no one else around to do the abdominal thrust and going to the hospital is out of the question?
Choking is caused by any foreign object (yes, even vitamins and toothpaste) blocking the throat thus obstructing the flow of air. This will make it very hard for you to breathe and it only takes a few minutes for you to lose consciousness.
This effective technique as demonstrated by Fire Medic Jeff Rehman might just come in handy one day. Choking is one of the worst sensations ever and you can easily panic once your gasping for air but if you know how to perform this, it can dislodge the object. Some people have tried this and swore it saved their lives.
It’s always better when you’re prepared.