First Aid Tips
Mouth to Mouth Resuscitation
to Mouth Resuscitation
Before you can begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,
you must be sure the person's airway is clear. If
the person does not begin breathing once the airway
is clear, perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
To begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,
position the victim so you can check for breathing
by laying the person on his or her back on a flat,
firm surface. Place yourself next to the person's
neck and shoulders. Extend the person's neck gently,
and open the mouth and airway by lifting the chin.
To determine whether the victim
is breathing, place your ear above the person's mouth
and listen for the sounds of inhaling or exhaling.
Feel for air against your cheek and watch for motion
in the victim's chest.
If the victim is not breathing,
begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation immediately. Pinch
the victim's nostrils closed with your thumb and forefinger.
Take a deep breath, and make a seal around the victim's
mouth with your mouth. Breathe slowly into the victim's
mouth twice, checking to be sure the victim's chest
rises each time you breathe. After the second breath,
turn your head, listen for air leaving the victim's
lungs and watch to see if the chest falls.
Next, check to see if the victim
has a pulse. Place two fingers on the victim's carotid
artery, just to the side of the Adam's apple, to feel
for movement. If the artery is pulsating, continue
mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in the same way, blowing
a deep breath into the victim every 5 seconds--12
breaths every minute. If the artery is not pulsating,
begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Continue to breathe for the person
until he or she breathes on his or her own or until
professional medical help arrives.