Advice regarding COVID-19

Please see below information about Covid 19 which has been passed to SQA by the First Aid Awarding Body Forum.

The First Aid Quality Partnership has been in touch with HSE, NHS England Microbiologists and Resuscitation Council (UK) regarding COVID-19 and the following advice is now available:

With manikin hygiene procedures in place, the bigger risk in a classroom environment is hand to surface/surface to hand contamination.

Manikins should have one-way valves. These and the lungs should be replaced after each session. Also:

The most important element, if you want to make attending first aid training 'a safer environment than attending the office', is enforcing strict classroom hygiene and excluding anyone exhibiting signs of respiratory illness (cough, cold, flu etc).

A separate document is attached, which you can pass to centres/trainers, on how to implement effective classroom hygiene.

COVID-19 advice for trainers (52 KB)

Resuscitation Council UK advice can be found using this link: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/covid-training/

The above is in line with the HSE advice.

Giving CPR for real

Advice for those who may need to give CPR for real has also been published. For example, the RCUK recommend that if you are concerned about contracting the virus, not to put your ear down to the mouth to check for breathing, but instead to look for signs of breathing/life. If concerned: give compressions only, as this is much better than no CPR at all. It should be remembered, however, that in the case of paediatric arrest or where there is a delayed ambulance response, not giving rescue breaths could significantly reduce chances of survival, compared to the (at present) unlikely risk of contracting COVID-19, which may only result in mild symptoms if you are healthy.

The RCUK advice is here: https://www.resus.org.uk/media/statements/resuscitation-council-uk-statements-on-covid-19-coronavirus-cpr-and-resuscitation/covid-community/

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