Thursday, April 9, 2015

Two days after my investigation request, the National Library of Medicine has replaced its "unconscious Heimlich" treatment recommendation

As I reported yesterday, on April 6 I filed a request with the directors of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to investigate this treatment recommendation which has been posted on the NLM's website since at least June 22, 2000:

I asked for an investigation because the "unconscious Heimlich" is reportedly not recommended by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross, I'm unaware of any research that supports the treatment recommendation, and when I've asked A.D.A.M. Inc. -- the health care information company that supplied the information -- to provide me with citations to research that supports their treatment recommendation, I can't get an answer.

Yesterday the page was updated -- here's proof:

Here's what the page looks like now:

Among other unanswered questions, it's unclear on what basis the "unconscious Heimlich" treatment was ever recommended by the NIH/NLM.

Unless the agencies can produce legitimate evidence in the form of published research, it appears that for over 15 years they've been recommending an experimental medical treatment.