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Can I still give cpr?

Guidance for all Training settings

In summary.

The main infection risk in a classroom full of learners is contact with other people and/or surfaces rather than the manikin itself. Learners always need to observe a high standard of handwashing, with alcohol gel (or wipes if gel unavailable) provided in addition to handwashing facilities.

Learners should be reminded to cough/sneeze into a tissue and dispose of this into a bin immediately, washing hands afterwards. Alternatively, coughing/sneezing into the bent elbow if no tissue available.


This article is based on the report/guidelines published by the Resuscitation Council UK.

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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.