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Related to precordial thump: Precordial catch syndrome
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.
See also: thump
pertaining to the precordium.
precordial electric shock
a sharp blow to the sternum to revive heart action is used in certain types of cardiac arrest in humans. It has not been of proven benefit in animals.