Dr. Henry Heimlich & His Maneuver

The Heimlich maneuver was invented in 1974 by Dr. Henry Heimlich, and since it has saved more than 50,000 lives. Here is a brief biography on the life of Dr. Heimlich. Unfortunately, as with many good things that are created, there is bad that can come with it. People have sued in cases involving the Heimlich, or rather because they actually did not know it. Click this link to read about three different lawsuits, two involving meatballs.  Because of this, something called the Good Samaritan Law was created, “a good Samaritan in legal terms refers to someone who renders aid in an emergency to an injured person on a voluntary basis”. Just because aid was given it does not mean a person cannot sue if the person giving aid acts irresponsible. Some states do grant immunity, and the website continues by saying, “if the good Samaritan makes an error while rendering emergency medical care, he or she cannot be held legally liable for damages in court. However, two conditions must be met, first the aid must be given at the scene of the emergency, and second, the person giving aid cannot have other motives such as hoping to get paid for services”.

Just remember, if you stop and provide aid, you may just be saving a life. And if you are not equipped to save a life through procedures, just calling for help can help. These situations can be scary, and move quickly, so if you are faced with one of these situations just ask yourself what you would want if the roles were reversed. As for Dr. Heimlich, he did pass in 2016, at the age of 96, but he saved a lot of lives before his passing, and will continue to save them indirectly long after.

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