Resuscitation & COVID-19
Performing CPR in the community
Naturally there are concerns regarding risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) when starting CPR so here are a few facts and top tips for our lifesavers out there.
In the UK, almost 200 people a day will suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital and early CPR + defibrillation will ensure their best chance of survival. This could be at work, in the community or at home.
Be a ‘Lockdown Lifesaver’
Now that most of us are at home during the lockdown it’s never been more important to be prepared with the CPR skills needed to give someone their best chance of survival.
The Resuscitation Council (Resus UK) have issued useful new guidance on performing CPR during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic:
1. Are they in Cardiac Arrest?
You can recognise a cardiac arrest as the casualty will be unresponsive, have no signs of life and is not breathing or not breathing normally
2. Do not check breathing – call 999
We do not recommend listening or feeing for breathing at this time. Instead you should call an ambulance immediately and start CPR.
3. Start CPR
If there is a perceived risk of infection, you should place a cloth/towel over the casualty’s mouth and nose and start compression only CPR.
4. Use a defibrillator
Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the casualty’s chance of survival. When on the phone ask for the location of the nearest defibrillator
5. Good hygiene control
If the first aider has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) such as a face mask, disposable gloves & eye protection these should be worn.
After performing CPR all first aider’s should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water and seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.
Watch the Resus UK new video
Resus UK have also created this short video with the updated advice on performing CPR during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic.