We are aware that healthcare workers are facing difficulties accessing the right PPE for caring for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
Do not begin CPR on a patient with suspected or known COVID-19 until you are wearing the minimum PPE recommended by RCUK for aerosol generating procedures: disposable gloves, disposable gown, FFP3 respirator and disposable eye protection.
As a result of continuing PPE supply problems, PHE issued advice to assist organisations in making decisions where there is lack of suitable PPE locally. In response, RCP president Professor Goddard said ‘these new measures are, at best, a sticking plaster'.
Public Health England has created a range of resources which might help:
- A visual guide to safe PPE
- Video: Donning of PPE for non-aerosol generating procedures
- Video: Donning of PPE for Aerosol Generating Procedures (AGPs)
- Table: Recommended PPE for healthcare workers by secondary care inpatient clinical setting, NHS and independent sector
- Table: Recommended PPE for primary, outpatient, community and social care by setting, NHS and independent sector
- Resuscitation Council UK frequently asked questions for doctors, nurses and health care staff re COVID-19 positive patients and resuscitation procedures
If you are unable to access the appropriate PPE, please let us know using the form below and we will pass the information on to the NHS and the UK governments.