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In every patient you see, with major or minor injuries, you should assess the ABC's;
The most important of which is of course, the patient's airway. A simple assessment is sometimes the most effective;
- Is there clear airflow?
- Are there clear breath sounds?
Clearing the Airway
Jaw Thrust Method
The jaw thrust method is the most commonly used airway-clearing technique, and BLS providers (including non-medical personnel) can easily be trained to employ it effectively. By grasping the jaw, and pulling the mandible forward, the airway can be cleared - due to displacement of debris and a shift in tongue position.
Chin Lift Method
Again, the chin lift can be safely employed by BLS providers. However, since this manovure will disrupt c-spine placement, it's use is strongly discouraged.
Please note this lesson is currently in development
Lesson by Dr. Colin Brennan, MBChB, MSc