Coronavirus Covid-19 2021-01-05T12:12:11+00:00

Child CPR

Coronavirus Covid-19

When doing CPR, there is always a risk of spreading an infection and of particular concern is the coronavirus Covid-19.

The effect this has on CPR guidance is small, because the main risk is when doing mouth to mouth breathing and the guidance already advises if you are unable or unwilling to do mouth to mouth to just perform chest compressions.

The current Resuscitation Council UK guidance is as follows:

When suspecting cardiac arrest, do not listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth. If as a result you are not sure if the person is in cardiac arrest, start chest compressions until help arrives.

Make sure an ambulance is on its way and that they are aware you think the person has Covid-19.

If there might be a risk of infection, place a cloth/towel over the victim’s mouth and nose and do only chest compressions and defibrillation (if available) until the ambulance arrives. Defibrillators increase the chances of survival and do not increase risk of infection.

If you have any personal protective equipment (PPE) this should be worn.

After performing CPR, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or with alcohol-based hand gel. Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service for advice (or your medical advisor if your workplace has one).

Child CPR

In children, it is likely that a breathing problem has caused cardiac arrest, so ventilation and mouth to mouth breathing is much more important. The most important action is to act quickly and by calling an ambulance.

The Resuscitation Council UK has issued the following statement:

“It is likely that the child/infant having an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest will be known to you. We accept that doing rescue breaths will increase the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, either to the rescuer or the child/infant. However, this risk is small compared to the risk of taking no action as this will result in certain cardiac arrest and the death of the child.”