Friday, June 28, 2019

Cincinnati's insane Heimlich Heroes "first aid training" program is putting babies' lives at risk & is being funded by a Northern Kentucky foundation; I've asked Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, the IRS & the KY Attorney General to investigate

Via (PA) State Rep. Jim Marshall’s infant choking bill to be amended to avoid teaching Heimlich procedure for use on babies b
State Rep. Jim Marshall’s recent bill on infant CPR and choking prevention will need to be amended in the Senate after he learned that the well-known Heimlich maneuver is not recommended for babies.

...(Peter Heimlich) said his father’s namesake technique is not recommended for infants. Heimlich said medical groups, such as the American Red Cross, advise against using the procedure on infants.

...“Unfortunately, I didn’t receive Mr. Heimlich’s email until after the bill passed the House of Representatives, but we’ve passed along his information to the Senate so they can consider a corrective amendment when House Bill 783 is considered,” Marshall said in an email. “It is certainly my intent to ensure there is no confusion about the appropriate rescue procedures for a choking infant.”
In contrast to Rep. Marshall's prompt, responsible actions, an unaccountable, renegade "first aid training" program based in Cincinnati has been putting the lives of infants and others at risk around the nation since 2012.

Further a Fort Mitchell foundation is funding this madness.

I've asked Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the IRS, and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear to step in before someone gets killed.

About seven years ago, two Cincinnati nonprofits -- Deaconess Associations and my dad's Heimlich Institute -- launched Heimlich Heroes, a medical training project which claims to have provided classes to over 100,000 people across the nation -- including teaching them to perform abdominal thrusts on choking infants.

To my knowledge the treatment has never been recommend by any legitimate medical organization.

Why not?

As I've reported, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Red Cross informed me that doing so "may cause injuries."

What kind of injuries?

According to the AHA:
Abdominal thrusts, however, may cause complications. For this reason, the Heimlich maneuver should never be performed unless it is necessary. Reported complications of the Heimlich maneuver include damage to internal organs, such as rupture or laceration of abdominal or thoracic viscera. In fact, victims who receive the Heimlich maneuver should be medically evaluated to rule out any life-threatening complications.
If those concerns apply to children and adults, it’s easy to imagine the potential complications for tiny, vulnerable bodies.

Perhaps astoundingly, Heimlich Heroes is fully aware of those concerns.

That's not the only problem.

Who would be reckless enough to encourage teaching the public an unapproved, experimental "treatment" that may serious injure infants -- or worse?


Recently I learned that the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation of Fort Mitchell, KY has awarded Heimlich Heroes over $31,000, so I sent multiple inquiries to foundation executives asking if they were aware of the serious medical issues described above?

I didn't receive a reply, so I've filed a string of investigation requests to government agencies.

First, here's my letter to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine requesting that the state bring some discipline to this madness being perpetrated by Deaconess Associations and the Heimlich Institute -- whose longtime vice president is my brother Phil Heimlich, who a decade ago served on the Hamilton County Commission with the governor's son, Pat DeWine -- with a same-day reply from press secretary Dan Tierney informing me that my request is being processed. Click here to download a copy. 

Next, here's my letter to the IRS re: the nonprofit Sule Foundation putting lives at risk. Click here to download a copy.

I also asked the agency to revoke the Heimlich Institute's 501(c)3 nonprofit status because the organization -- whose decades of  outrageous medical misconduct and fraud has been widely-reported -- hasn't had any employees since 2005 and its most recent IRS tax filing (2017) showed zero assets.

Finally, here's my letter to KY Attorney General Andy Beshear re: the Sule Foundation funding the dangerous Heimlich Heroes program. Click here to download a copy.