Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Everything I Know is Wrong - Heimlich Manoeuvre Edition

Hey, I was taught the Heimlich manoeuvre once, and now Australian radio tells me it's baloney.
The procedure was called the Heimlich manoeuvre, named after the man who created it—Dr Henry Heimlich. It has never been used in Australia. Despite the claims of the extremely charismatic Dr Heimlich, Australian resuscitation experts believe that there isn't enough scientific evidence to support its use. So how does a medical procedure become so widely adopted without any serious scientific evidence

The show is well worth listening to, though it does leave some curious questions open. (Thanks, CBC, for the best show you broadcast, Overnight, which is also probably the cheapest show you broadcast!)


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