CPR Guidelines During COVID-19
Should the need arise to perform CPR during the current COVID-19 pandemic on any individual, the guidelines below should be applied. Please keep in mind that each situation will be unique:
1. The first aider should always protect themselves. This means using the proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves and a CPR mask with a one-way valve. We cannot stress the importance of PPE enough in every situation that involves CPR.
2. If the first aider does not feel comfortable breathing into the patient, while using a mask, they are encouraged to perform hands-only CPR.
3. If you are a healthcare provider, follow your local jurisdiction protocols.
It is worth mentioning that COVID-19, while new, is not the only pathogen that a first aider may come across in a first aid situation. Caution should always be exercised when assisting a casualty due to any number of possible pathogens. The use of PPE should be employed whenever possible while performing CPR in any situation.