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A punch or blow to the center of the sternum with the fist or a mechanical device.
chest thumpPrecordial thump.
A forceful punch delivered to a patient’s sternum in an attempt to terminate a lethal cardiac rhythm, such as ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia.Synonym: chest thump
CAUTION!This procedure is not routinely used. The critical time it consumes during resuscitation may be better used by starting chest compressions and assigning a second rescuer to obtain an automated external defibrillator.
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