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

Next time a piece of food goes down the wrong way, 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-administered abdominal thrusts could be more effective at generating expulsive

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