02 January 2021

Josephine Parkin – GREAT BRITAIN

I work as a healthcare assistant in psychiatric intensive care & am require to undertake various modules of mandatory training Annually, I recently attended my I.L.S. (immediate life support) course during which I was told, in the event of a person collapsing; we are no longer allowed to perform CPR without firstly donning full appropriate PPE due to the risk of contracting Covid-19. In reality this process could take several minutes if the patient is a significant distance from the treatment room where the PPE is stored. When challenging this directive by stressing the previous protocols of “every second counts” & the increased risk of a patient dying at this critical time; It was explained that a none breathing person was already technically dead & the risk of contracting & spreading Covid-19 was significant & far worse & may kill far more people as a result.

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