Many First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualifications have expired since the 16th March 2020. The HSE have announced an extension to them to the 30th September 2020. This only applies to ones that have expired since 16th March.
The Resuscitation Council (UK) have issued an update about performing CPR on an adult who has suffered from cardiac arrest. Their advice is to perform chest compression only, not to do rescue breaths. To minimise the risk to the rescuer from being exposed to COVID-19 there should be a cloth covering the casualty’s nose and mouth. A video explaining the options is available here.
A baby or child should still be given rescue breaths. They are most likely to have respiratory arrest rather than cardiac arrest.
Our thanks to Underwood Training for the above information.