Government says mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should not be administered during Covid-19 pandemic

Government says mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should not be administered during Covid-19 pandemic
Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of the Taoiseach Elizabeth Canavan says do not listen for breath sounds either.

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation should not be administered during the Covid-19 pandemic.

If someone collapses in a public space, they should only be given chest compressions.

The Government has issued guidance to say if a victim is suspected of having the coronavirus, a cloth should be placed over their mouth and nose.

Assistant Secretary-General in the Department of the Taoiseach Elizabeth Canavan says do not listen for breath sounds either.

"If a person is collapsed in a public place, do look for signs of breathing and signs of life. But don't listen or feel for breathing by placing your ear or cheek close to the person's mouth," she says.

"Dial 112 or 999 and ask for an ambulance. If Covid is suspected tell them that when you call."

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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