Then continue with 30 compressions and two more rescue breaths
. If you have help, have the other person give one rescue breath
for every 15 compressions you perform.
Remove your mouth, let the chest fall and then start the next rescue breath
But research has shown that giving continuous chest compressions at 110 to 120 beats per minute - the same rate as Stayin' Alive - is more effective than trying to do CPR with a poor rescue breath
5 How to give a rescue breath
| Ensure the casualty's airway is open | Pinch their nose firmly closed | Take a deep breath and seal your lips around their mouth | Blow into the mouth until the chest rises | Remove your mouth and allow the chest to fall | Repeat once more.
For an adult, give 15 chest compressions combined with two rescue breaths
. For a child give five chest compressions combined with one rescue breath
Allow the chest to come back up fully - this is one compression | Repeat 30 times, at a rate of about twice a second or the speed of the song Staying Alive | Give two rescue breaths
STEP 5: How to give a rescue breath
| Ensure the casualty's airway is open | Pinch their nose firmly closed | Take a deep breath and seal your lips around their mouth | Blow into the mouth until the chest rises | Remove your mouth and allow the chest to fall | Repeat once more
| Give two rescue breaths
. Step 5 of 5: How to give a rescue breath
| | Ensure the casualty's airway is open.
"It is very unusual for anyone who isn't breathing to start breathing again on their own after just one rescue breath
, but it's a fantastic result.
What is an effective rescue breath
? These are some of the questions answered in Practical First Aid, a new guide on administering emergency aid in any situation.
It was clear he was unresponsive so that man gave a couple of rescue breaths
and then we both began chest compressions by taking it in turn to give 30 each.
They ran out front, pulled the man out of the car, and began CPR Noreikaite doing 30 chest compressions at a time, interspersed with Ciupka giving rescue breaths
. He even had a safety mask in a backpack filled with emergency medical items he carries with him.
Joanne performed chest compressions and rescue breaths
for an agonising six minutes before little Ellie opened her eyes - only for her heart to stop again.