You can be sure of a breathing emergency by listening and looking at the patient. First, is the person able to speak comfortably, or are they having difficulties with speech? Secondly, when looking at their neck and chest, can you see that they are using more of those muscles to breathe than usual? Are they tiring out while breathing? Finally, you can ask the person if they are having trouble breathing. If they answer yes to any of these questions, then it could be a breathing emergency. If they aren't capable of answering you, it's time to seek medical attention.
- Q How can the 9-1-1 call taker help me with emergency first aid?
- Q How can I tell whether my child's medical problem is an emergency?
- Q What should I do before putting on personal protective gear to give care?
- Q How can I help someone who is having shortness of breath?
- Q What can make an injured or ill child's or infant's heart stop?
- Q What will emergency medical services (EMS) need to know when I call?