…..promoted for use by anybody during resuscitation attempts. It should not be about guessing whether or not a person has a known infectious disease or not.
We consider this to be weak advice and recommend using protective breathing barriers in all resuscitation attempts. Where protective barriers are unavailable, then chest compression-only CPR should be initiated.
The past eighteen months demonstrate the need to understand the potential risk that exists in the community. The virus threat is acknowledged to be present for a long time; yet, it is still not the only risk, and we are told further transmissible dangers will follow. As with any reasonable health and safety advice, the reduction of risk is paramount. The promotion and use of protective breathing barriers is one identifiable practice that significantly reduces the risk of cross-infection.
*Please note the current published CPR guidance below applicable during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Tomorrow we will continue to look at mouth to mask breathing methods.
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