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CPR - adult - series—Person not breathing

Person not breathing

Overview

7. If the person is not breathing or has trouble breathing:

Cover the person's mouth tightly with your mouth.

Pinch the nose closed.

Keep the chin lifted and head tilted.

Give 2 breaths. Each breath should take about a second and make the chest rise.

8. Continue CPR (30 chest compressions followed by 2 breaths, then repeat) until the person recovers or help arrives. If an AED for adults is available, use it as soon as possible.

Update Date 4/12/2015

Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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