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Airway Management

Airway Manoeuvres

March 25th, 2020


Airway manoeuvres are used to relieve upper airway obstruction, and maintain a patent airway.
  • Airway Manoeuvres

  • Head tilt and chin lift -  tilt the head backward into the sniffing position, opening the airway, and use the index and middle fingers to pull the mandible forward.
  • Jaw thrust - use the index and middle fingers on each hand to push the mandible anteriorly, moving the tongue forward.
  • Pearls

  • Use suction to clear the oral cavity of fluid or foreign body
  • If there is concern for c-spine fracture, jaw thrust should be used
  • Otherwise, head tilt and chin lift may be used in an attempt to open the airway
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