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. Seefor details on rescue breathing.
|Age Group||How Often||Breaths per Minute||Duration||Evaluation|
|Adult||Every 6 seconds||10 to 12 breaths per minute||Each breath should last one second||Check for chest rise and breathing;|
Check pulse and begin CPR if necessary
|Child/Infant||One rescuer: Every 6 seconds |
Two rescuers: Every 2 to 3 seconds
|One rescuer: 10 to 12 breaths per minute |
Two rescuers: 20 to 30 breaths per minute