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