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Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation and Chest Compression

Mouth-to-mouth sketchMany jokes have been made about mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. However, it is a serious matter especially when a person has stopped breathing. Generally this function is performed in conjunction with chest compression. The success rate for mouth-to-mouth is higher when the person performing the operation has been trained. However, in the presence of a person who has stopped breathing and in the absence of anyone who is certified, mouth-to-mouth and chest compression (in the event of no heartbeat) is certainly a worth a try. Remember that as soon as someone has quit breathing or their heartbeat has ceased, an ambulance should be called and trained technicians brought to the scene.

The procedure for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation involves a few simple steps:

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is not always easy to maintain for long periods. If necessary, switch off with other bystanders to keep air flowing to the victim. If there is no heartbeat, this procedure should be performed while another person performs chest compression. In the event there is only one person to perform both chest compression and mouth-to-mouth, switch between the two procedures. Two breaths are administered then fifteen chest compressions for about fifteen seconds.

The rescuer performs chess compression by kneeling next to the unconscious person. He places the heel of one hand on the spot on the lower chest where two halves of the rib cage meet. Putting one hand on top of the other, the fingers are interlocked. The rescuer's arms are straightened and shoulders positioned directly above the hands. Using only the palms, the hands are pressed down so that the victim's breast bone sinks from one-half to two inches. The rescuer releases pressure, then repeats about 15 times at about 15 second intervals (checking for a pulse between intervals), until heartbeat resumes.

It can happen that either heartbeat or breathing may resume without the other function resuming; continue the appropriate procedure until relieved by an Emergency Medical Technician or until both breathing and heartbeat resume.

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This information is presented to be helpful in emergency situations. It is as accurate as we could make it. However, information of this nature is subject to change, may be incomplete, or may not apply in all cases. Also we cannot guarantee that persons using the information will apply it correctly. However, if it is used in the spirit in which it is given, most who follow this guide will benefit from its study and application.

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