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Figure 3-15. Administering an abdominal thrust to an unconscious person

 
  
 
Figure 3-15. Administering an abdominal thrust to an unconscious person.
c. Place your other hand on top of the first hand.
d. Press into the abdomen using a quick forward (inward) and upward thrust.
The thrust can be delivered by locking your elbows and shifting your body weight
forward.
e. Release the pressure on the person's abdomen (shift your body weight
backward).
(1)  If you think the obstruction has been dislodged, perform a finger sweep
and administer two full breaths. If the airway is open, check for a pulse and for
spontaneous breathing (person breathing on his own).
(2)  If the obstruction was not dislodged, administer another abdominal
thrust. If you administer five abdominal thrusts without dislodging the obstruction, call
for help again, perform a finger sweep, and try to administer two breaths. Repeat the
cycle of five abdominal thrusts, finger sweep, and breaths until the object is expelled
and the person's airway is open (chest rises during ventilations).
CAUTION:
If the person vomits, turn him onto his side and use a quick finger
sweep to remove vomitus from his mouth.
3-16. ADMINISTERING CHEST THRUSTS TO AN UNCONSCIOUS PERSON
a. Kneel close beside the person's chest.
b. Locate the lower edge of the person's rib cage (figure 3-16 A).
c. Run the fingers of your hand nearest the person's feet along the lower edge
of the rib cage until you come to the notch where the rib meets the breastbone.
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