- CPR should NOT be performed on a patient with suspected Covid-19 without appropriate PPE.
- CPR should be treated as an aerosol generating procedure.
- In practice, CPR in primary care will comprise of continuous chest compressions only at a rate of 100-120/min or chest compressions with bag and mask ventilation.
Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If Covid-19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999.
If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should place a cloth/towel over the victims mouth and nose and attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance (or advanced care team) arrives. Put hands together in the middle of the chest and push hard and fast.
Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the person’s chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection.
If the rescuer has access to personal protective equipment (PPE) (e.g. FFP3 face mask, disposable gloves, eye protection), these should be worn.
After performing compression-only CPR, all rescuers should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water; alcohol-based hand gel is a convenient alternative. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical adviser.