Move over, Heimlich: DIY thrust is a lifesaver

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 suggesting the 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-administered abdominal thrusts could be more effective at generating expulsive intrathoracic pressure than thrusts delivered by first