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How can I help someone with a breathing emergency until EMS takes over?

  • Help the person rest in a comfortable position. Usually, sitting is more comfortable than lying down because breathing is easier in that position. 
  • If the person is conscious, check for other conditions. 
  • If the person cannot talk, ask him or her to nod or shake his or her head to answer yes-or-no questions. 
  • If the person still has trouble answering questions, ask any bystanders what they know about the person's condition.
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