First Aid During COVID

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Clearly, it is almost impossible to deliver first aid at a safe distance. However, a first aider should do everything they can to assist at a safe distance from the patient and the best way is to minimise the time they share a breathing zone.

If the patient is capable of doing things, the first aider should encourage them to do so. This could be putting pressure on a bleed, holding a dressing in place, and putting on a mask, these are the kind of things that an able patient can do themselves.

Work in the framework of the 3P model:

Preserve life,

Prevent worsening,

Promote recovery.

The first aider should use appropriate PPE before administering first aid, such as;

Preserve life: CPR

  • a fluid-repellent surgical mask
  • disposable gloves
  • eye protection
  • apron or other suitable covering
  • Only deliver CPR by chest compressions and use a defibrillator (if available) – don’t do rescue breaths

After delivering any first aid

  • Ensure you safely discard disposable items and clean reusable ones thoroughly
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitiser as soon as possible