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Statement from the FPHC regarding resuscitation during the COVID pandemic

4 May 2020

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The Faculty is aware of the fact that guidance that appears to be inconsistent has been given by Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) and Public Health England regarding resuscitation during the COVID pandemic.

We have been asked by some of our members for a Faculty position on this issue since it is relevant to our membership.

A statement by the RCUK issued on 28 April 2020 has addressed the reasons for inconsistency.

Despite continued different positions on the risks posed by chest compressions as an Aerosol Generating Procedure both bodies now state that AGP PPE is an acceptable approach to CPR by rescuers.  We support this principle. The Faculty represents various professional and first aid groups and some may not have access to PPE when responding to an emergency. Safety forms a key part of initial assessment and we encourage responders to consider the level of PPE required as part of this safety assessment. The RCUK has produced guidance on this and we support their approach. Although safety of providers is important this advice also emphasises how important early chest compression and defibrillation is to survival in out of hospital cardiac arrest.

4th May 2020

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