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CPR, personal protective equipment and COVID-19

We are aware that healthcare workers are 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.

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:

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.