Welcome to FirstAid4Free

Welcome to my first aid site. I'm a first aid trainer and assessor. I've been teaching first aid for about 10 years now. Everyone should have some first aid knowledge for in the home and work place. Not everyone has the chance to attend a full first aid course so I'll provide some key first aid points every week.

Important Notice

The information on this site is for guidance only. The first aid procedures are those in the current edition of the First Aid Manual at the time of inclusion on the site. Attendance on a first aid course to practice these procedures is always recommended.

Primary Survey 4: BREATHING

Primary Survey 4: BREATHING:

Once the airway is open you must check that the casualty is breathing.

Check for breathing by:
  • Placing your ear next to the casualty's mouth and looking down their chest.
  • Look, listen and feel for breathing sounds and motions for not more than 10 seconds.
If the casualty is unresponsive but breathing place in the recovery position - see 'Recovery Position' lesson.

If the casualty is unresponsive and not breathing you need to give CPR - see 'Basic Adult Life Support' and 'Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)' lessons.