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With treating someone who has drowned, your personal safety is your first concern. Once the patient is out of the water, the CPR process is slightly different.

When someone has drowned, the reason they are not breathing is respiratory problem, not a cardiac problem. Therefore in this situation we give 5 breaths first, then 30 compressions, followed by 2 breaths. We then repeat the cycle of  30 compressions to 2 breaths.  If you are dealing with the patient alone, complete 1 minute of CPR, then go for help.