What are the AHA recommendations for opening the airway during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in victims with suspected spinal injury?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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To open the airway in victims with suspected spinal injury, lay rescuers should initially use manual spinal motion restriction (eg, placing their hands on the sides of the patient’s head to hold it still) rather than immobilization devices, because use of immobilization devices by lay rescuers may be harmful (class III). For healthcare providers and others trained in two-person CPR, if there is evidence of trauma that suggests spinal injury, a jaw thrust without head tilt should be used to open the airway (class IIb)

There are no significant differences in the recommendations from ERC or ILCOR. [46, 57]

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