Spinal Injury - Jaw Thrust

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5455   4 years ago
samer176 | 9 subscribers
5455   4 years ago
The jaw thrust is a method of opening the airway of a patient. The airway is very important in first aid! It consists of the structures in the back of the throat and upper neck.

A patient who is unconscious is not able to maintain their own airway as it can become blocked by the tongue (see picture).

Normally, first aid courses teach the head tilt – chin lift technique to open an airway. However, this airway manoeuvre involves significant movement of the patient’s neck. Therefore if there is any suspicion of a spinal (neck) injury it may cause further damage.
Tags: spinal, , injury, , jaw, , thrust, , procpr, , protrainings, , back, , spine, , open, , airway
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