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Can I still give CPR?

Can I still give cpr?

Resuscitation Guidelines

In summary.

Advice for those who may need to give CPR has been published. For example, the Resuscitation Council (UK) recommend that if you are concerned about contracting the virus,

  • not to put your ear down to the mouth to check for breathing, but instead to look for signs of breathing/life.
  • give compressions only as this is much better than no CPR at all.
Paediatric arrest or where there is a delayed ambulance response:
It should be remembered that in the case of paediatric arrest or where there is a delayed ambulance response not giving rescue breaths could significantly reduce chances of survival, compared to the (at present) unlikely risk of contracting COVID-19, which may only result in mild symptoms if you are healthy.

Printable guidance for performing CPR..

This article is based on the report/guidelines published by Qualsafe Awards (qualsafeawards.org).





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Do I contract the virus if I perform CPR?

The Resuscitation Council (UK) recommend that if you are concerned about contracting the virus, if you need to perform cpr, do not to put your ear down to the mouth to check for breathing, but instead to look for signs of breathing/life. If concerned: give compressions only.

It should be remembered however that in the case of paediatric arrest or where there is a delayed ambulance response not giving rescue breaths could significantly reduce chances of survival, compared to the (at present) unlikely risk of contracting COVID-19, which may only result in mild symptoms if you are healthy.

Printable guidance
for performing CPR.
.