|Medical skill data|
|Subskill of||Penetrating Chest Trauma
Spinal Immobilization Adult
Trauma Patient Assessment
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|Cite as GSTC (2021). "Airway Opening with Jaw Thrust". Appropedia. Retrieved 2021-07-25.|
Jaw thrust[edit | edit source]
Stand at the head of the stretcher and place your palms on the patient’s temples and your fingers under the mandibular rami. In patients with possible cervical spine injury, avoid extending the neck.
Lift the mandible upward with your fingers, at least until the lower incisors are higher than the upper incisors. This maneuver lifts the tongue along with the mandible, thus relieving upper airway obstruction. Be sure to pull or push up only on the bony parts of the mandible. Pressure to the soft tissues of the neck may obstruct the airway.