head-tilt/chin-lift maneuver(redirected from manual airway maneuver)
head-tilt/chin-lift maneuverEmergency medicine A maneuver used in rescue breathing, which is required for performing mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-nose resuscitation. See Rescue breathing. Cf Jaw-thrust maneuver.
Head tilt One hand is placed over victim's forehead and firm, backward pressure is applied with palm to tilt the head back
Chin lift Fingers of other hand are placed under bony portion of the lower jaw near the chin to bring the chin forward and the teeth almost to occlusion, which supports the jaw and helps tilt the head back; the fingers must not press deeply in the soft tissues under the chin, as this might obstruct the airway; for mouth-to-nose breathing, ↑ pressure is applied by the chin hand to further close the mouth; dentures are removed only if necessary