How do I preform CPR during COVID?
Throughout the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation, our aimed is to provide our existing an new clients with the best possible support to providing good quality CPR on a casualty not breathing during this current pandemic and to achieve the best possible outcome.
Because of the heightened awareness of the possibility that the victim may have COVID-19, Resuscitation Council UK offers this advice
- Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. Do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives.
- Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If COVID 19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999.
- If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should place a cloth/towel over the victims mouth and nose and attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast.
- Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the person’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection.
- If the rescuer has access to any form of personal protective equipment (PPE) this should be worn.
- After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.
- At ATSL we also offer accredited and bespoke courses for CPR on Infants, children and adults who are within your bubble, ensuring you are aware of all current legislation.