Rescue Breathing and CPR-Adults
Rescue breathing is the act of breathing for a person who is not breathing, yet has a pulse. You should never perform rescue breathing on a stranger unless you have a resuscitation mask, so that you will not catch any contagious disease the victim is carrying. If the victim is not breathing yet has a pulse, initiate rescue breathing. Use a head tilt and a chin lift to keep the victim's airway open. Pinch the victim's nose shut gently, using your thumb and index finger. Then place your mouth over the victim's mouth, making a seal. Breathe slowly, watching to see the chest rise. Pause in between each breath to let the airflow out. If the victim's chest does not rise and fall, reposition the head and try again. If the air still does not go in, the victim has an obstructed airway, and you must perform abdominal thrust After giving two breaths, check for a pulse. If the victim has a pulse, but is still not breathing, then continue rescue breathing. Give one breath every five seconds. Count the seconds as "one-one thousand, two-one thousand," etc., taking a breath on "four- one thousand" and breathing into the victim on "five-one thousand." Check for a pulse after about one minute of rescue breathing (about 12 breaths). If the victim has a pulse but still is not breathing, continue rescue breathing and checking the pulse every minute. If the victim's pulse stops, begin CPR. CPR is an emergency medical procedure for a victim of cardiac arrest or, in some circumstances, respiratory arrest. Find the lowest tip of the breastbone; place your other hand on top of the first hand. Use your shoulders and upper body, push down on the chest (a compression) 30 times, before giving two breaths. Continuing this process until victim is breathing or EMS arrives. In my video, I performed rescue breathing and CPR, on Joel. I was there so we could study for our exams. Joel left the room to go use the bathroom, and as he returned he tripped over the...
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