…..difficulty in breathing then lying them flat on their back is the best position for them to be in.
Keep them warm by covering with a blanket if available but do not over heat.
If the person is unconscious then they should be on their side (recovery position).
Stay with them and monitor their condition for any changes.
Reassure them, talk in a calm manner, let them know help is on the way.
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.
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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