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A punch or blow to the center of the sternum with the fist or a mechanical device.

chest thump

Precordial thump.

precordial 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.


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.
Synonym: chest thump
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East Fife looked in no mood to slip and punished the Highland side in just five minutes when Barry McLean collected Chris Miller's pass and thumped it past Martin Pirie.
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Ian Roper put Walsall ahead from close range before Conlon thumped Stephen Dawson's cross into the roof of the net.
Jay Stein's cross into the box found Steven McCormick who thumped into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
An opponent ran 20 yards down the pitch and thumped him in the face during a curtain-raiser before England's World Cup qualifier against Georgia yesterday.
EASTLEIGH'S hopes of cementing a place in the Blue Square South play-off frame received a jolt last week when they were thumped 4-1 at home by Hayes &Yeading.
The equaliser came just six minutes later, Jay Stein's cross into the box found Steven McCormick who thumped into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
First Division leaders ABERAVON thumped RHYMNEY 52-20, courtesy of Scott Leighton's 27-point haul of two tries, four conversions and three penalties.