Bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving procedure whose benefits outweigh the risk of COVID-19 infection, finds this study.
University of Washington, Seattle, researchers’ analysis of data found that from January 1 to April 15, emergency medical services (EMS) responded to 1,067 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of which 478 were treated with CPR. During the active period of COVID-19 (February 26 to April 15), EMS responded to 537 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, of which 230 were treated with CPR.
As of April 15:
The current findings support bystanders maintaining the most efficient approach that prioritizes rapid identification of cardiac arrest and proceed to chest compressions and use of a defibrillator, the authors say. Delaying CPR to put on PPE should only be considered with the prevalence of COVID-19 is substantially increased.Read More >>