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Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
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After having spent so much time with the Heimlich stories in my past, I am just tired at the notion of them these days. I mean, haven’t we been through this? The Heimlich Maneuver (more accurately known as abdominal thrusts) has been discredited as a first response to choking—despite the protestations of Cincinnati’s own Dr. Henry Heimlich. We were the first to break the story back in 2006 how the American Red-Cross changed their procedure for responding to choking. The first thing anyone does should be back slaps. According to this story in the Enquirer, though, a city cop recently saved someone’s life by responding immediately to a choking threat with the Heimlich Maneuver. While saving a life is a good thing, does this mean the CPD trains its police to use abdominal thrusts as a first response?
I’m curious how CPD trains its officers, so here is the open letter I’m sending to them:
To Whom It May Concern:
I saw in a recent item at the Enquirer—http://cincinnati.com/blogs/politics/2012/03/30/cincinnati-officer-credited-for-saving-uc-students-life/—that a Cincinnati Police Officer recently saved someone’s life by immediately administering the so-called Heimlich Maneuver.
However, the American Red Cross has, for years now, advocated that back slaps are the first response to a choking victim. Here’s there great poster about it:
I was wondering, therefore, if you can clarify for me how officers are trained with respect to these kind of life-saving interventions. Are your officers trained to give the Heimlich Maneuver first, or back slaps? And, if CPD trains officers to use the Heimlich, can you explain why?
Thanks so much! I look forward to your response.
The Dean of Cincinnati
I’ll let you know as soon as I hear anything.
Now, in case you are wondering—why fixate on this story after all these years? Because it could be about saving someone’s life.
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