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jaw thrust maneuver

The jaw thrust maneuver is a method of maintaining an open airway of an unconscious individual. Jaw thrust is used to open the mouth and lift the tongue which obstructs the patency of the airway. It is usually performed by placing on each side of the face, the index and middle fingers at the angle of the mandible. The thumbs are placed on the chin just below the lower lip. As the mouth is opened by exerting downward force on the chin, the index and middle fingers would lift the entire mandible anterior thus moving the base of the tongue out of obstruction.

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