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How do I give rescue breaths when giving CPR to an adult?

Once you have given 30 compressions, open the airway using the head-tilt/chin-lift technique and give 2 rescue breaths. Each rescue breath should last about 1 second and make the chest clearly rise.

  • Open the airway and give rescue breaths, one after the other.
  • Tilt the head back and lift the chin up.
  • Pinch the nose shut then make a complete seal over the person’s mouth.
  • Blow in for about 1 second to make the chest clearly rise.

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