Think Fast: How to Help Someone Who is Choking

This week, WIS-TV interviewed Dr. Don Moore of Lexington Medical Center’s Urgent Care in Irmo about how to help someone who is choking. The segment is below. The information is very valuable in a situation where you have to think fast.

Here are some notes from the doctor:

~When someone is choking, they will not be able to talk.
~Ask the person to try to cough.
~If the person cannot cough, try an abdominal thrust. From behind, put a clenched first above the person’s belly button and place your other hand over it. Pull up as if you were trying to lift the person off the ground, which will create a pressure wave to hopefully expel the object.
~If that doesn’t work, try back blows. With the base of your hand, hit the person on the back between the shoulder blades.
~Alternate between abdominal thrusts and back blows until the object is out.
~If the person goes unconscious, call 911 and start CPR.
~Anyone who has had a choking episode should see a physician to make sure they’re OK.

~If you’re alone, try performing an abdominal thrust by yourself with the help of a chair or table.

~If you have a baby who is choking, tip the child over and perform softer back blows.

Physician Lecture Series – Jeffrey K. Smith, MD

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present Jeffrey K. Smith, MD from Palmetto Dermatology for his lecture “Sunscreens: More Harm Than Good?”.


Mike Biediger Receives Honorary Doctorate from Clemson

Congratulations to Lexington Medical Center President & CEO Mike Biediger! Clemson University awarded Mr. Biediger an honorary Doctorate of Humanities at spring commencement exercises on Friday morning, May 8, 2015. According to Clemson, the honor is in recognition of Mr. Biediger’s dedication to enhancing the quality of health care in South Carolina and our community while improving the delivery of care to citizens.

L to R: Bob Peeler of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, Mike Biediger, Clemson University President James Clements

L to R: Bob Peeler of the Clemson University Board of Trustees, Mike Biediger, Clemson University President James Clements

Mr. Biediger graduated from Clemson in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in industrial management, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He quickly became a leader in health care management in South Carolina. Mr. Biediger was the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Lexington Medical Center from 1989 to 1996, when he became president and CEO.

During Mr. Biediger’s tenure, Lexington Medical Center grew from a 292-bed hospital to a medical network with 414 beds, six community medical centers, an occupational health facility, the largest nursing home in the Carolinas, an Alzheimer’s care center and a physician network that employs approximately 300 physicians in 60 physician practices.

Mr. Biediger has also been a strong advocate for implementing important new technology and services that have raised the level of care for our community’s citizens. He has been credited with expanding the cardiac care capacity for the Midlands by championing the addition of a comprehensive cardiovascular care program at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. Biediger is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which also named him South Carolina Healthcare Executive of the Year in 1990. He is one of 10 children, eight of whom graduated from Clemson. He and his wife Jean have two children and one grandchild.