How to Administer a Mouth-to-Mouth Artificial Respiration

Prompt administration of artificial respiration or mouth-to-mouth respiration, as is often called, is a great way to save lives especially when you cannot establish consciousness and breathing in a patient during medical emergencies. Unfortunately, we often tend to neglect it as a duty only meant for the paramedics. However, what should you do if such help does not come on time? Surely, you cannot afford to loose your dear ones simply because you do not know the technique that can save their lives in unforeseen medical emergencies.  Artificial respiration in an unconscious person can help in saving a life before medical help actually arrives. Here are a few steps to follow when giving an artificial respiration.


Instructions-Difficulty: Moderate


Things you will need Mouth-to-Mouth Artificial Respiration:


An unconscious person

Your calm and collected nature


Skilled expertise


Steps to Mouth-to-Mouth Artificial Respiration


Step One


Lay the individual on the floor in a supine position with the face facing upwards, the hands and legs slightly apart. Make sure no obstacle is obstructing the flow of air in the nostrils and mouth regions of the patient.


Step Two


Pinch the nostrils of the patient in between your thumb and index finger. Take a deep breath and place your mouth over the patient’s mouth.


Step Three


Blow into the patient’s lungs for about a second while you note his chest cavity rising. If the chest does not rise, then you cannot rule out a possible airway obstruction caused by either the tongue or epiglottis. Open the mouth of the patient to find out if this is the case. You should ensure that you have closed the patient’s nostrils firmly while you blow into the patient again.


Step Four


Remove your mouth so that the elastic nature of the lungs allows air exhalation by the person. You can note this through the falling of the chest, the breathing sounds you hear and can feel the exhaled air on your face.


Step Five

After carrying out the above procedures carefully, then repeat, them again until the patient can breathe in resonance to the air blown into him.


Tips & Warnings for Mouth-to-Mouth Artificial Respiration


*For babies and little children, you will need to place your mouth both over the nostrils and mouth.

* In little children, breathe gently and do not over distend the lungs.

*Leave the patient to continue breathing on his or her own once you find that the patient has developed a normal breathing pattern.