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manolan  
#1 Posted : 26 March 2020 11:31:32(UTC)
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manolan

Hi All,

I have a question raised by First Aiders this morning on the topic of social distancing due to Coronavirus. Should I recommend RPE, full face protection, overalls if a First Aider has to attend a situation (employee collapsed) or are there any guidelines. 

The First Aiders are currently concerned and anxious. Any thoughts?

RVThompson  
#2 Posted : 26 March 2020 12:29:56(UTC)
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RVThompson

Although this is for paramedics and the like, PHE have this guidance here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-interim-guidance-for-first-responders/interim-guidance-for-first-responders-and-others-in-close-contact-with-symptomatic-people-with-potential-2019-ncov

As previously mentioned, employees should be lower risk if they are following guidelines.

Kate  
#3 Posted : 26 March 2020 13:21:29(UTC)
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Kate

That guidance is evidently for treating those with symptoms - in a non healthcare setting, it is very unlikely that anyone will have symptoms.

Edited by user 26 March 2020 14:35:10(UTC)  | Reason: spolling

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A Kurdziel on 26/03/2020(UTC)
Roundtuit  
#4 Posted : 26 March 2020 13:32:41(UTC)
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Roundtuit

What would suddenly change in a casualty compared to an employee?

IF it is exposure to Covid then symptoms would be present that any responsible employer would have sent them home.

P.S. how does a First Aider give CPR wearing RPE and full face protection?

We had the same stupidity in the 1980's over aids and saw the practical introduction of a resuscitation shield to prevent direct mouth to mouth contact.

Edited by user 26 March 2020 13:33:50(UTC)  | Reason: FFS

Kate  
#5 Posted : 26 March 2020 14:29:55(UTC)
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Kate

Here is what the Resuscitation Council have to say:

https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/

Edited by user 26 March 2020 14:31:11(UTC)  | Reason: try to make link

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nic168 on 26/03/2020(UTC)
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