…..what normal breathing is, look at other people, if breathing normally inhalation and exhalation will be silent; effortless and without closer inspection, no apparent chest movements will be noticeable.
In the case of the person on the ground, under normal circumstances* check to see whether they are breathing. Place your ear close to their nose and mouth. Look down the line of their body towards their feet.
LOOK for movement of the chest rising and falling.
LISTEN for sounds of breathing.
FEEL for expelled air on your cheek.
The results from this check will decide what you are going to do next.
*current rules and guidance whilst there is a global pandemic continuing should be followed. The New Zealand Resuscitation Council offer the following temporary guideline.
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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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