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Artificial Respiration is a Technique for Rescue Breathing

Artificial respiration is defined as the act of assisting or stimulating respiration – a metabolic process referring to the overall exchange of gases in the body by pulmonary ventilation, external respiration, and internal respiration. This is use for a person who has ceased due to choking and electric shock.

If a person chokes on food or other objects and stops breathing – artificial respiration can be applied to save him. A rescuer should wipe out any fluid vomits, mucus or other objects from the mouth with fingers and he should be certain to reach into the throat with a finger or fingers to remove any object blocking the throat and he should remove clothing to expose the chest.

If the person has stopped breathing due to an electric shock – a rescuer should first find the electric source and switch off current by using non-conductive articles like a dry broom handle or dry rope before removing casualty from contact and start giving rescue breathing.

Artificial respiration should be given as first aid to the victims following some simple steps:

  • Place the person on his back.
  • Place hand or soft object under neck.
  • Keep the head tilted back as far as possible.
  • Grasp the angles of the jaw below the ears and lift the jaw so that it just forward. This will keep the tongue away from the back of the throat – so that air can get in.
  • Pinch nose with your fingers and blow breath into mouth with smooth, steady action until the chest is felt of seen to rise.
  • Remove your mouth. Allow lungs to empty. This action should be repeated at the normal breathing rate – example: 12-15 times a minute. The purpose is to make the chest move as it would normally.
  • Lastly, contact physician or arrange for emergency medical care.

To read my other article about first aid and emergency procedures click Heart-Lung Resuscitation.

Artificial Respiration also can be applied when a person has stopped breathing from drowning or from other causes like heart arrest or cardiac arrest as a first aid. But a rescuer should not panic while he is giving rescue breathing to the victim.

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  1. well informed well written

  2. Thanks for the kind words friend CHIPMUNK. I appreciate them. See you around again.

  3. This is so important to know, everybody should learn this. Great post.

  4. Another very importants steps to have in mind,this is very educational friend! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. @Stable thanks dude for your time and commenting. Howdy?

  6. @mtrguanlao I appreciate it friend. Thanks for your kind words. See you around again.

  7. Brilliantly written sir!

  8. Thank you Edsss. I appreciate it. See you around again.

  9. very useful… thanks for sharing…:-]

  10. Nice to see you here again Ima Vee. Thanks for your time.

  11. This advice is not current in the UK. My suggestion is book on a local course and get trained properly. The internet is not the place to learn such an important skill. Please don’t start to argue I am stating fact for the UK only.

  12. @mrprotty. welcome and thank you for stopping by. I also accept ideas shared to me from any region, countries its people around the word, including you, sir! have a nice day.

    You should not write this line: “Please don’t start to argue I am stating fact for the UK only”. It is unprofessionalism for me.

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