Move over, Heimlich: This chair thrust could save your life

Next time you encounter foreign body obstruction of the airway, look for a chair.

UK researchers have developed a DIY variation of the Heimlich manoeuvre and they’re urging Australians to adopt it.

While the controversial Heimlich manoeuvre has never been recommended for use in Australia, respiratory specialists at the Royal Brompton Hospital are now suggesting our guidelines be changed to include their instructions for self-administered abdominal thrusts using the back of a chair.

In a series of tests involving healthy volunteers they found that self