Airway Ė We begin our assessment by opening the victimís
airway. This is done by placing the victimís head in a
neutral or sniffing position. Place one hand on the victimís
head and lift the jaw only to position the victimís head.
Do not perform a chin lift.
Breathing Ė To check for adequate breathing, maintain
the victimís airway while Looking, Listening and Feeling
for signs of respirations. Look at the victimís chest. You
should see the chest rise and the ribcage expand. Listen and
Feel with your ear close to the victimís mouth. Check for
a full 5 seconds. The infant victim should breathe at least
once every 5 seconds. If your victim does not breathe at
least once every 5 seconds then provide 2 rescue breaths.
Cover the victimís mouth with your mouth, pinch the nose
and breathe slowly. The breaths should take 1 - 1Ĺ seconds.
Provide 2 rescue breaths while watching for the chest to
rise with each breath. The volume of air is just enough to
make the chest rise.
Circulation Ė To check for signs of circulation, find
the brachial artery in the upper aspect of the arm between
the bicep and the triceps muscles. Check for a pulse for a
full 10 seconds.