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CPR, personal protective equipment and COVID-19

We are aware that, as in the first wave, healthcare workers could be facing difficulties accessing the right PPE for caring for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

It is important that we all follow the PHE guidance for infection prevention and control. But we should follow the Resuscitation Council UK guidance in relation to CPR and resuscitation.

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.

Here are a range of resources that you might find helpful: 

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.