Rescue breathing and compression

If acting as a single rescuer, you will need to perform these manoeuvres alone. If working in a team of rescuers, you should adopt roles in delivering rescue breathing or chest compressions, rotating roles as necessary.

• Cycles of two breaths followed by 15 compressions should be maintained as the most effective ratio (Wik & Steen 1996).

• Cycles should not be interrupted unless the casualty shows signs of life, such as breathing or moving.

• Efforts must be continued until emergency help arrives or until you are unable to maintain them.

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