The American Red Cross has released a set of safety guidelines for all lay responders and those who may need to provide CPR and First Aid to someone suspected to have COVID-19.
It is required that CPR and First Aid responders wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) set by the CDC to avoid transmission. These are:
- N-95 masks (or other alternatives if N-95 masks are unavailable)
- Eye protection
- Disposable gloves
- Disposable isolation gowns
While CPR with breaths has been proven to be more beneficial than compression-only CPR, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is currently recommended that no rescue breaths be performed for adult cardiac arrest patients who have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 to lessen risks of transmission.
Read more details about these new guidelines, here.
We at Friendly Training believe that knowing even the basics of CPR and First Aid is essential for the safety of everyone, especially with what’s happening in society today. This is why we continue to provide clients with top-quality CPR training in Central, Illinois to ensure that everyone gets the right instruction and education necessary to help save lives.
Along with CPR and First Aid, we also offer AED training in Southern, Illinois and many other programs you might find useful.