Rescue Breathing

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In many cases, cardiac arrest is preceded by respiratory arrest. Therefore, it is important to be able to recognize respiratory issues in order to take steps to prevent cardiac arrest.

When a person of any age has a pulse but is not breathing (or is not breathing well), immediately open the airway using the head-tilt/chin-lift maneuver and begin rescue breathing. See Table 2 for details on rescue breathing.

Age GroupHow OftenBreaths per MinuteDurationEvaluation
Adultevery 5 to 6 seconds10 to 12 breaths per minuteeach breath should last one secondcheck for chest rise and breathing;
check pulse and begin CPR if necessary
Child/Infantevery 3 to 5 seconds12 to 20 breaths per minute

Table 2

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