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How do I check if an unconscious person is breathing?

  1. See if the person’s chest clearly rises and falls. 
  2. Listen for escaping air, and feel for it against the side of your face. 
  3. Do this for no more than 10 seconds. 
  4. A person does not appear to be struggling when breathing. The breathing is quiet, regular and does not cause discomfort or pain.



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