First Aid Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation of an Adult

Facts about Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitations of Adults

  • The mouth-to-mouth method is used as part of basic cardiac resuscitation
  • The mouth-to-mouth method is used independently for people who have stopped breathing but still have circulation
  • After removing foreign bodies in the mouth of the person who does not breathe, the person bends his head back and the jaw is lifted forward
  • It is held for the nose of the person and is given mouth-to-mouth with about 10 injections per minute, with breaks to let air out between the inlets
  • If an adult or a child stops breathing start mouth-to-mouth resuscitation immediately.

How to do mouth to mouth (adult)

  1. Make sure the airway is free
    • Remove any foreign matter and loose bites from the mouth and throat. Read more about foreign body in the airways
  2. Keep the airways open:
    • Make sure that the injured head is tilted backwards: Hold one hand on his / her forehead and stab the garden with the other hand’s index finger and middle finger
  3. Supply
    • Squeeze together about the damaged nose
    • Pull in deeply, seal your lips over the injured mouth
    • Blow evenly and firmly into the mouth for approx. 1 second and check that the chest is lifting
    • If you can not blow into your mouth, close it and seal your lips around his / her nose. After each breath, open the mouth of his mouth to allow the air to escape from the lungs
  4. Use if necessary. A cover to the face if you have one
    • Such a membrane may probably reduce the risk of infection when giving mouth-to-mouth help
    • Place the face cover over the injured face with mouth opening (if any)
    • Squeeze the nose and breathe through the filter
  5. Make sure the inflow is effective
    • If the chest increases as you inflate and descend when you remove your mouth, you do the mouth-to-mouth method correctly.
    • If the chest does not rise, check if the head is far enough backwards, if the jaw is raised enough and if you have completely closed the nose. Try several times
  6. Check the circulation
    • See, feel and listen for signs of circulation – breathing, movements and the host. These observation intervals should not last longer than 10 seconds
    • If there are signs of circulation, proceed mount-to-mouth
    • If there is no sign of circulation, start heart rate guidance immediately (adult)
  7. Continue with mouth-to-mouth
    • Give mouth-to-mouth help with a frequency of approx. 10 inlets per minute
    • Check the circulation again every minute
    • If at any time, the circulation stops, start heart lining
  8. Put the patient in stable sideways
    • If the injured person starts to breathe again, place him in stable sideways
    • Register regularly for: awareness level, pulse, breathing – until help arrives

Call help

  • If possible, get someone else to call emergency services
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