First Aid & CPR Basics : CPR Rescue Breaths


Hi again, I’m Michelle of the AD HOC Group.
In this clip, we’re going to be learning how to do rescue breaths. To give adequate
rescue breaths, keep lifting the chin with one hand and keep your other hand on the forehead.
Now pinch the nose closed and cover the victims mouth with your mouth. Keep each breath at
one second or less, just enough to cause the chest to rise. Don’t over inflate the victim’s
lungs giving too large of breaths can cause enough pressure to reduce circulation in the
lungs and slow blood flow, which defeats the purpose of CPR. For adults, give one breath about every five
seconds, that’s 12 a minute. For children, give one breath every three seconds, that’s
20 a minute. If the person does not respond right away, give compressions immediately
after giving two breaths unless the victim begins breathing on his own. Notice that I’m
skipping the instructions on assessing, whether or not the heart is beating. If there is no
indication that the person is breathing, his heart will not be able to continue beating
for long.