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According to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council. “There is no evidence that elevating a bleeding part will help control bleeding, and there is the potential to cause more pain or injury”. Raising a bleeding limb has long been an accepted practice and, St John guidance found on their website advises that you should “raise the injured area.” They continue to say. “If the wound is on a limb, raise it in a supported position to reduce blood flow to the injured area”. Bleeding is one area where there are variations to the advice offered to people learning about first aid. Frustratingly, confusion is caused for learners because our industry fails to reach a consensus over basic principles. Our advice is to take a common-sense approach. If the technique is successful, use it. If you find it is not working or causing unnecessary suffering, then use an alternative method.
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Check out the current guidelines below for changes in delivering CPR during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.