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March 11, 2022

Basic Life Support and COVID-19: New Guidance

Fiona Millington
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COVID-19: Nurses & Carers

Basic life support guidance has changed for care home residents where COVID-19 is known or suspected.

Follow the steps below to provide basic life support for a care home resident with COVID-19 symptoms.

Note: It is essential that you are fully aware of the DNAR status of all of the residents you are providing care and support to, if following the advice below.

On discovering a person has collapsed

Follow the instructions in the video above, or written out in these steps below:

1. Call for help and make sure it is coming

2. Ensure you have applied full PPE

3. Check for signs of life from as far away as possible:

- Peripheral of carotid pulse.

- Watch and listen for chest wall movements.

- Do not put your face to the residents' face.

4. If there are no signs of life cover the residents' face with a towel or piece of clothing. (CPR is an aerosol generating procedure - covering the face reduces the risk of transmission to you)

5. If available: apply the pads of the AED (automated, external defibrillator) and follow the instructions

6. If no AED, commence CPR and continue until help arrives

7. Do not allow anyone else in the room without full PPE

After the incident

Follow these steps post life support incident:

1. Debrief the team as this is likely to have been a distressing situation.

2. If the individual has died - the covering to the individual's face should remain in place during any movement such as preparation of the body, transfer to the care of the undertaker.

Full training and additional information

Please find full training here on Florence Academy: Basic Life Support Course.

Discover additional info at

Thank you to Andrew-Ian Kirk (RN / Trust Resuscitation Manager (Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust) for his help and support in creating this post. 

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