…..airway remains open.
To prevent the head from coming forward when breathing, use your fingers positioned under their chin to reduce any movement. Each breath is short, approximately one second in duration. Once the chest rises, it is an indication that the attempt is successful. Care should be given not to over-inflate the chest.
If the chest does not rise during an attempted inflation, it may be due to an obstruction. For example, it could be the tongue or other material located in the mouth or airway obstructing the pathway to the lungs. It may also be due to failing to open the person’s airway through an inadequate head tilt, chin lift. Alternatively, the seal around the mouth may be insufficient.
When the chest fails to rise, reposition the head and try again, checking that the seal is secure and a strong enough rescue breath is provided. Between successful breaths, remove your mouth from the person’s and turn your head towards their chest, listening and feeling for exhaled air.
*Please note the current CPR guidance below applicable during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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