Checking for any dangers first.
Take you friend to a quiet area and sit her down. Encourage your friend to slow their breathing down. Try to get them to breathe in through the mouth and out the nose until symptoms disappear.
Take charge of the situation, be gentle but firm and remain understanding. Ask if they have any medical conditions.
If there is any uncertainty about whether your friend’s abnormal breathing is due to hyperventilation or a different problem is causing the breathing issue, Call 111.
Stay with them and reassure them whilst monitoring their condition.
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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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