Due to COVID-19, we’ve had to adapt our routines and daily lives to a new reality. While vaccinations have been helpful in combatting the pandemic, the rise of new COVID-19 variants means life isn’t quite “back to normal.” As we continue into year three of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important to understand how safety precautions surrounding CPR and first aid have changed with respect to protecting all parties against COVID-19.
Safety Precautions for CPR During COVID-19
It can be difficult to know what to do in an emergency that requires close-contact first aid when transmission of a disease is a factor. It’s no surprise that people have been more reluctant to try performing CPR since the pandemic started. However, Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as CPR with breaths. When performed with the proper personal protecting equipment (PPE), you can use Hands-Only CPR greatly lower the risk of transmission during CPR.
Performing CPR During Covid
As always during a cardiac emergency, quick action is essential to saving a life. Ensure 911 is contacted, whether by a bystander or yourself, and begin Hand-Only CPR immediately.
To lower the chance of transmission, both you and the victim should be wearing facemasks during CPR—N-95, if possible. If there are disposable gloves available then it is recommended to wear those, as well, along with eye protection. When it comes to giving children or infants CPR, the same safety precautions apply, as well.
CPR During Flu Season and First Aid
All the information stated above is especially applicable during flu season. You may be unsure whether a person is sick with the flu or with COVID-19—either way, follow the guidelines to prevent transmission.
Whether in the workplace or at home, you need to be careful when addressing any first aid emergencies, even small ones. Mask up while treating someone in close contact. Before and after applying first aid, remember to sanitize your hands and tools. Encourage the person you’re treating to do the same.
For years, Specialized Health and Safety has been teaching the valuable skills that can help prevent death from cardiac arrest. In the time of COVID-19, knowing Hand-On CPR can make all the difference in both saving a life and protecting yourself against the transmission of disease. Schedule a class time on our website, or contact us to learn more.