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finger sweep

Placing a finger in the mouth or pharynx of a person with an obstructed upper airway in an attempt to clear a visible foreign body from the airway. Blind finger sweeps, that is, using the hand to clear objects that are not seen, are not recommended.

CAUTION!

The examiner should wear a glove and use a crossed-fingers technique while attempting to clear foreign bodies from the upper airway because of the risk of injury to the hand from accidental biting by the patient.
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References in periodicals archive ?
Goodwin, "Traumatic epiglottis following blind finger sweep to remove a pharyngeal foreign body," Clinical Pediatrics, vol.
We report a case of unilateral vocal fold immobility in a 57-year-old woman that occurred subsequent to a choking episode, which she resolved by removing impacted food with a finger sweep. Other than the unilateral immobility, no abnormality of the laryngeal mucosa or framework was detected on physical examination, laryngoscopy, and computed tomography.
DO NOT perform a finger sweep in the child's mouth.