The pandemic of 2020 and 2021 has affected almost every aspect of our lives and made the way we go about things every day a little… different. Things that were never an issue before now require some careful consideration, especially when they involve close personal contact.
This makes understanding and performing CPR in 2021 an act that requires a little more consideration and precaution than it may have required previously. But rest assured that you can still intervene and potentially save a life.
Every year in the UK 30,000 people experience a cardiac arrest with 80% of those experiencing a cardiac arrest in the home. This means it could be family members or friends, and if we don’t act quickly enough, they could die within minutes.
Many deaths could be prevented if first aid was given before emergency services arrive.
What is CPR?
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a life-saving medical procedure that is given to someone who is in cardiac arrest. It helps to pump blood around the person’s body when their heart can’t.
CPR should only be used if someone is:
- unconscious and not breathing
- unconscious and not breathing normally
By performing chest compressions and rescue breaths, you are taking over the role of their heart and lungs, pumping blood and oxygen around their body.
Every second counts.
Watch our trainer guide to CPR during Covid-19
We got together with one of our wonderful trainers, Laura Whotton, to make this video on how to perform CPR in 2021 whilst still keeping yourself safe from coronavirus. Laura takes us through the practical steps to make you feel more confident should you find yourself in an emergency situation.
You can also read more about what we are doing to keep our trainers and trainees safe during Covid-19 here
Click here to see our handy face shield for your keyring!
We might not always have our first aid kit on us, but one thing that we usually have to hand is our keys. This keyring contains a face shield with one-way valve, so that first aiders always have something to hand if they need to perform rescue breaths.
You can purchase these keyring face shields from our shop here!
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