The Jaw Thrust

The jaw thrust lifts the mandible forwards and lifts the tongue off the posterior pharynx. The manoeuvre is used for patients who require bag-mask ventilation (see image).

The jaw thrust technique should be practiced in the clinical environment. It is achieved by hooking the little fingers underneath the angle of the jaw. Using the ring and middle fingers to secure grip under the mandible. Using the index finger and thumb to secure a tight seal between a mask and the face. Holding this position may become tiring.

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In trauma patients with suspected cervical spine injury, the jaw-thrust should be used instead of the chin-lift because movement of the head and neck is contraindicated.