Advertisement
question

How do I check if an unconscious victim's airway is open?

Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
answer
When assessing an unconscious victim's airway, the mantra "look, listen, feel" should come to mind. First, watch for the victim's chest to rise and fall as it fills with and expels air. Next, position your ear and cheek near the individual's mouth and nose to listen for the sound of air movement. Finally, try to feel the victim's breath on the skin on your cheek, or use your hand to see if you can feel any air moving in and out from the victim's mouth or nose.

Continue Learning about First Aid For Medical Emergencies & Conditions

What should I do if my child swallows a coin?
What should I do if my child swallows a coin? Learn more from our experts
More Answers
What information should I give the call taker when I call 9-1-1?
What information should I give the call taker when I call 9-1-1? When you call for help, be ready to...
More Answers
What should I do if my child swallows a small toy?
If your child swallows a toy, call your doctor and try to get an office appointment or see what your...
More Answers
What should I do if I have determined that an emergency scene is unsafe?
What do I do if I have see that an emergency scene is unsafe? Learn more from our experts.
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.