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Saving Lives One Thrust at a Time: How to Perform Abdominal Thrusts on an Adult

As we go through our daily routines, we may encounter situations where we need to perform abdominal thrusts, also known as the Heimlich maneuver, to save someone's life. Knowing how to perform this life-saving technique can make all the difference in an emergency situation.

At Chicago CPR Academy, we are committed to equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to respond quickly and confidently in emergency situations. Our CPR and AED classes are designed to teach you how to perform abdominal thrusts on adults, women who are pregnant, children and infants, as well as provide you with the skills to respond to a range of cardiac and respiratory emergencies.

Here's how to perform abdominal thrusts according to the American Heart Association:

  1. Immediately call 9-1-1

  2. Stand behind the person and wrap your arms around their waist.

  3. Make a fist with one hand and place it just above the person's belly button.

  4. Grab your fist with your other hand and give quick, upward thrusts into the person's abdomen.

  5. Repeat until the object blocking the person's airway is dislodged or the person becomes unconscious.

It's important to note that if the person becomes unconscious, you should perform CPR until emergency medical services arrive.

At Chicago CPR Academy, we offer a range of CPR and AED classes designed for individuals, healthcare providers, and businesses. Our classes are led by experienced instructors who will guide you through the steps of performing abdominal thrusts, as well as provide you with the confidence and skills to respond effectively in emergency situations.

If you're looking for CPR and AED classes in Chicago, look no further than Chicago CPR Academy. Our classes are designed to meet the needs of individuals and organizations alike, and we're dedicated to providing top-quality training to help you save lives. Visit our website today to sign up for a class.

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Chicago CPR Academy





1300 Meadow Rd, Lower Level

Northbrook, IL 60062

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​​Saturday: 10am - 2pm
​Sunday: Closed


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