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Rescue Breathing

Rescue Breathing (A)
Rescue Breathing (B)

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  • Send someone to call 911 or an ambulance.
  • Carefully position victim on his/her back.
  • Gently tilt the victim's head back by gently pressing the forehead and lifting the jaw in order to open the airway (A). Keep the victim's mouth open.
  • Maintain open airway and check breathing for 5 seconds as described in "Checking Breathing." If victim is breathing, maintain the airway and check for other injuries.
  • If not breathing, pinch the victim's nose shut, place your mouth over the victim's open mouth (B) and give two, slow breaths. If there s no rise in the chest, check for choking as described in Choking.
  • Pause between each breath so that you can take a breath.
  • Maintain the airway and check for pulse for 5 to 10 seconds as described in "Checking for Pulse." If no pulse, go to CPR.
  • Continue rescue breathing cycle of one slow breath every 5 seconds for about one minute.
  • After one minute, stop and check pulse for 5 seconds and breathing for 5 seconds.
  • If the victim is still not breathing, continue giving rescue breaths until professional help arrives or until breathing resumes.


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