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Local chiropractor puts Heimlich in spotlight

Glenn?Barney teaching the procedure at Auburn-area restaurants
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn chiropractor Glenn Barney hopes to teach the Heimlich maneuver to employees and owners of all the restaurants within a 10-mile radius of Auburn. “This town has been phenomenal to me,” he said. “I’ve been blessed to have a successful practice for many years now. I’ve always been involved with the community — Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions, as well as the Boys & Girls Club. I’m heavily involved in community activities but wanted to give something back. So I thought, why not give the gift of life.” Barney has been in practice for 23 years and owned ChiroSport Wellness Center for 20 years. He received training in the Heimlich maneuver during his chiropractic education and took a recent refresher as part of yearly relicensing requirements. He’s also had some firsthand experience. “It has been more than once,” he said. “When I was in my younger years, I was a life guard and had to implement the Heimlich and CPR on a number of occasions. … I was also a CPR instructor for many years.” He hopes that someday the training will be required everywhere. “Four states in the U.S. have made it mandatory for restaurant employees and owners to have it, but California is not one of them,” he said. Invented by Dr. Henry Heimlich to clear a blocked wind pipe for choking victims, the procedure consists of a series of abdominal thrusts. “Choking is the third leading cause of accidental death in the United States,” Barney said. “I decided I was going to make a difference. I was going to be a step ahead of the norm and make sure (restaurants are) covered in having that safety precaution. What is great about teaching the Heimlich maneuver is that, in its implementation, you are able to save a life before CPR is necessary.” The presentation includes the correct procedure to be used on adults, as well as for children and infants. “It is three different techniques,” he said. Training is important because, although it looks easy, doing the Heimlich maneuver incorrectly could injure a chocking victim by puncturing a lung or fracturing a rib, he added. Barney did his first Heimlich training at Café Delicias in Old Town on Friday The session takes about 30 minutes — 15 minutes to demonstrate the technique and another 15 minutes of practice time. At Café Delicias, owner Ruben Ramirez said when Barney contacted him, he thought the training would be a good idea, “At least you know some of the basics of how to help customers or co-workers,” he said. “It was a very nice education. I am looking forward for him to meet the rest of the employees at the other store on Highway 49.” Employees also found it very useful, he said. “I would recommend this. I think it is a good idea,” Ramirez said. “I thank ( Barney) for taking the opportunity to meet us and give us a little training like that.” For Barney, it is a way to extend good will. “I’m not charging for my time or expense involved for the posters,” he said. Along with the training, he provides three laminated posters with instructions in English and Spanish. Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com. ----------- For more information: ChiroSport Wellness Center 259 Nevada St., Auburn (530) 887-2150