How to Perform CPR During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) PANDEMIC

Our first aid trainer demonstrates how to protect yourself and others while performing CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Performing CPR During COViD-19: Key points to remember

Wear gloves,
if possible

Wear a face covering

Perform chest compressions ONLY

Call 999 or 112 on loudspeaker

Loosely cover nose and mouth

The first rule in first aid is never to put yourself in danger. Always ensure your own safety before approaching a casualty.

How do I minimise Infection risk?

We advise you do the following:

  • Place a cloth or towel over the casualty’s mouth and nose
  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) if possible. For example, gloves, plastic apron, face mask, face visor or goggles
  • Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose

How to perform CPR on an adult during Covid-19

  • Check the casualty for of signs of life and normal breathing
  • DO NOT listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the casualty’s mouth
  • If you suspect cardiac arrest, call 999/112 and put your phone on loudspeaker. Beware them of possible COVID-19 in the casualty
  • If you are unsure if it is a cardiac arrest, start chest compressions until emergency help arrives
  • Put your hands together in the middle of the casualty’s chest and push hard and fast
  • If available, early use of a defibrillator significantly improves the casualty’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection

Stay up to date with the latest advice on coronavirus by visiting the following websites: NHS 111NHS and the HSE. Visit the Resuscitation Council website here.

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