Abnormal Breathing and CPR

Tuesday 10 December 12:44 PM
We recently received a question requesting elaboration on Äbnormal Breathing" as it relates to CPR
 The Australian Resuscitation Council states: (guideline 5)
There is a high incidence of abnormal gasping (agonal gasps) after cardiac arrest. Lay rescuers and health care professionals should use a combination of unresponsiveness and absent or abnormal breathing to identify the need for resuscitation .
The rescuer should:
• LOOK for movement of the upper abdomen or lower chest
• LISTEN for the escape of air from nose and mouth
• FEEL for movement of the chest and upper abdomen
In my experience, some cardiac arrest patients are taking their last few (infrequent breaths) that first aids can mistake for effective breathing. Hence this is why the ARC emphasise abnormal breathing.
In other words CPR is required.