Before first aid
You should try to make sure you wash your hands before approaching someone or performing manoeuvres such as CPR or helping someone sit in a comfortable position.
Before administering CPR, use a clean cloth or towel to lightly cover the afflicted individuals’ mouth and nose. This should be done in a way that does not restrict easy breathing to the person after successful CPR has been performed.
During first aid
If possible, use the following equipment while performing any first aid procedures that require close contact with another person:
- a fluid-repellent surgical mask
- disposable gloves
- eye protection
- apron or other suitable covering
It may not always be necessary to perform CPR or approach the patient. If so, then keep your distance in order to prevent sharing the same breathing zone. Make sure you speak to the individual and ask them to do simple first aid steps instead of unnecessarily entering their space.
When contacting emergency services, be sure to let them know if the patient has any symptoms of COVID-19.
After first aid
After administering first aid to someone, whether you suspect they have COVID-19 or not, you should make sure you complete the following steps:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based sanitiser as soon as possible
- Safely dispose of any first aid equipment or gear used during the first aid process.
Remember to refill any first aid supplies that were depleted.