To blow or not to blow?
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is vital within the healthcare community and beyond. The sequence of 30 compressions to 2 breaths takes on a new meaning. While we practice safety using Professional Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitizer, the amount of aerosolization and airborne transmission still remains a concern during CPR. "The principal mode by which people are infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is through exposure to respiratory droplets carrying infectious virus" (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/science/science-briefs/scientific-brief-sars-cov-2.html). Compression-only CPR has been associated with a decreased risk of transmitting the virus, but in situations when breaths are needed, the American Heart Association has given guidelines during resuscitation. (https://www.heart.org/en/coronavirus/our-response-to-covid-19).
A year after covid, PPE and safe practice is ongoing. CPR Life Support Network acknowledges the courage of all whom are providing care and ensuring the safety of others. We continue to monitor the latest COVID-19 updates from the American Heart Association and continue to take actions to safeguard the health of our students & employees and preserve our ability to operate. We realize this situation remains very dynamic and will continue to provide updates, and remain committed to providing a safe teaching environment. Social distance, masks, gloves, sanitizer, cleaning and simulating breaths are our practice. Safety is our main concern.
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