…..barrier device during rescue breathing is reasonable.” We believe that there should be more said about the importance of a barrier device, emphasising its availability to rescuers and consideration for safety taking a priority when unavailable.
Our advice is where a rescuer believes there is a risk by providing rescue breaths without a barrier device; then, chest compression-only CPR should be considered. These sentiments are found in different guidelines from the same author. The principles of the steps of resuscitation always commence with Dangers. If danger is present, then a safe solution should be sought. Whilst acknowledging the inclusion of rescue breathing where a person is trained, we believe it should only occur when it is safe to do so. We recognise that many cardiac arrests happen in the home with a loved one present, and rescue breathing without a barrier device would be considered acceptable. We believe an informed choice for anybody undertaking CPR is as essential as learning the skills involved.
Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation.
This concludes our review of the latest Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Guideline.
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Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.
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