HOW TO PERFORM CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

CPR is a technique of lifesaving in many emergencies such a heart attack or near drowning. It keeps blood and oxygen flowing when a person’s heart and breathing have stooped.

CPR can be performed by any trained person. It involves external chest compressions and rescue breathing. Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, there are several important changes to CPR. As we know, CPR and endotracheal intubation are aerosol generating procedures. This can make paramedics who provide CPR a high risk of cotracting covid-19.

According to AHA interim guidance for basic and advanced life support in adults, children and neonates with suspected or confirmed Covid-19, there are modifications processes and pratices to ensure that patients with or without Covid-19 who experience cardiac arrest get the best possible chance of survival without compromising the safety of rescuers.