Dr. Heimlich, at 96, Saves a Life with Namesake Maneuver
By: Act Fast
"I ordered a hamburger, and the next thing I know, I could not breathe I was choking so hard," Ris said.
Since he developed the technique in 1974, Heimlich said he'd never tried his technique on a real choking person, though he's simulated his invention for countless students. On Monday - as the 96-year-old enjoyed a meal in the Deupree House dining room - a chance to put the maneuver into action finally materialized.
Heimlich said that after three squeezes on her abdomen, a small piece of meat with some bone was ejected from Ris' mouth.
"When I used it, and she recovered quickly," Heimlich told the Enquirer, "it made me appreciate how wonderful it has been to be able to save all those lives."
Today, the life-saving maneuver that bears Heimlich's name is effectively taught to millions of students worldwide on a simulation device, the Act+Fast Anti Choking Trainer.
When correct hand placement and technique are used, a foam plug shoots from the Trainer, instantly providing strong feedback that leaves students confident and ready to save the life of a choking victim. The Anti Choking Trainer is used in CPR classes, schools, restaurants, hospitals, eldercare facilities and military organizations.
The goal of Act+Fast is to promote choking rescue education by making learning easy and fun.
For more information, visit: www.actfastmed.com.