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Head-tilt/chin-lift maneuver

Head-tilt/chin-lift maneuver

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The head-tilt/chin-lift maneuver is a technique used to open the airway of an unconscious patient. It is a simple and effective way to open the airway of a patient who is not breathing or is having difficulty breathing. The maneuver is performed by placing one hand on the patient's forehead and the other hand under the patient's chin. The hand on the forehead is used to tilt the head back, and the hand under the chin is used to lift the chin up. This maneuver opens the airway by pulling the tongue away from the back of the throat and allowing air to flow freely.

The head-tilt/chin-lift maneuver should only be used on an unconscious patient. It should not be used on a conscious patient as it can cause discomfort and further injury. In addition, it is important to ensure that the patient is securely supported when performing the maneuver.

When performing the head-tilt/chin-lift maneuver, ensure that the patient's neck is in a neutral position. This means that the neck should not be bent or twisted in any way. If the neck is bent or twisted, it can cause further injury to the patient. In addition, the patient's head must be tilted back far enough to open the airway. If the head is not tilted back far enough, the airway may not be opened, and the patient may not be able to breathe.

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  • American Heart Association. (2020). Head-Tilt/Chin-Lift Maneuver. Retrieved from
  • National Institutes of Health. (2020). Head-Tilt/Chin-Lift Maneuver. Retrieved from