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BLS Review

Appendix A

Abdominal-thrust maneuver The preferred method to dislodge a severe airway obstruction in adults and children; also called the Heimlich maneuver
Advanced life support (ALS) Advanced lifesaving procedures, such as cardiac monitoring, administration of intravenous fluids and medications, and use of advanced airway adjuncts.
Basic life support (BLS) Noninvasive emergency lifesaving care that is sued to treat airway obstruction, respiratory arrest, and cardiac arrest. Although this term represents a wide variety of procedures performed by EMT-B's, in this chapter, it is used synonymously with CPR.
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) The combination of rescue breathing and chest compressions used to establish adequate ventilation and circulation in a patient who is not breathing and has no pulse.
Gastric Distention A condition in which air fills the stomach as a result of high volume and pressure or airway obstruction during artificial ventilation.
Head tilt-chin maneuver A technique to open the airway by placing the fingers behind the angles of the patient's lower jaw and forefully moving the jaw forward; can be performed with or without head tilt.
Recovery position A position that helps to maintain a clear airway in a patient with a decreased level of consciousness who has had no traumatic injuries and is breathing on his or her own.
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