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How can I tell if my rescue breaths into a stoma are working?

Your rescue breaths are successful if you see the chest rise and fall, and you hear and feel air escape from the stoma.

If the chest does not rise and fall, the person’s tracheostomy tube may be blocked. If this happens, remove the inner tube, and give rescue breaths again.

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