Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Customer Guidance/statement

As a company the safety of all our instructors, customers and learners is of paramount importance.

To ensure everyone’s safety we are following daily guidance from our Awarding Organisations, The Health & Safety Executive and The Resuscitation Council.

Here is our latest response to the Covid-19 outbreak for all courses at present;

Class Induction Process – All Courses

On arrival our trainers will check all learners and politely exclude anyone exhibiting respiratory virus symptoms (cough, cold, flu). If any learners are excluded or self-exclude, our administration office must be informed immediately, who will then contact the company organiser to arrange new training dates for these learners.

Additionally, learners that have recently returned from or been in contact with a person who has recently returned from a category 1 location or if someone has been in contact with someone who has returned from a category 2 location who is showing symptoms of fever should also self-exclude or be cancelled from the course. Please see full list of Category 1 & 2 locations on and check on a regular basis.

On arrival all learners will be given an anti-bacterial hand wipe or asked to thoroughly sanitise hands using appropriate hand washing techniques. Instructions on coughing/sneezing into a tissue or bent elbow will be given and if coughing or sneezing into a tissue, the direction for disposal straight into a waste bin with immediate hand washing will be given.

All Learners will be shown the following video

Training courses incorporating CPR

The biggest risk of passing on germs is from hands as a great many protective procedures have been put in place already to prevent infection from other forms of transmission during CPR training.

Measures taken include;
 Replacement of manikin lungs after every course
 One-way valves to stop air coming back out of manikins.
 Provision of alcohol/sanitising wipes/spray for manikins faces, foreheads and chest areas after every use.

The Health & Safety Executive and Consultant Microbiologists at NHS England have approved theses measures as sufficient. However, in the current climate we are also issuing face shields for student’s individual use, these must be disposed of after the course.

Before and after every theory and practical sessions, all learners will be required to wash their hands.

Advise for everyone who may be called upon to carry out real word CPR/Defibrillation

 First Shout for help and call 999/112

 For laypeople and first responders with a duty of care (workplace First Aiders, sports coaches etc) that may include CPR you should be guided by your employer’s advice.

Because of the heightened awareness of the possibility that a victim/casualty may have COVID-19, The Resuscitation Council UK offer this advice.

1. Recognise cardiac arrest by looking for the absence of signs of life and the absence of normal breathing. DO NOT LISTEN and FEEL for breathing by placing your ear and cheek close to the patient’s mouth. If you are in any doubt about confirming cardiac arrest, the default position is to start chest compressions until help arrives.

2. Make sure an ambulance is on its way. If COVID 19 is suspected, tell them when you call 999

3. If there is a perceived risk of infection, rescuers should attempt compression only CPR and early defibrillation until the ambulance arrives.

4. Early use of a defibrillator significantly increases the persons chances of survival and does not increase risk of infection
5. If rescuer does have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g. face mask, disposable gloves and eye protection, these should be worn.

6. After performing compression only CPR, all rescuers should wash hand thoroughly with soap and water. They should also seek advice from the NHS 111 coronavirus advice service or medical advisor.

Paediatric CPR Advice

Paediatric cardiac arrest is unlikely to be caused by a cardiac problem and is more likely to be respiratory, making ventilations crucial to the child’s chances of survival.

The most important thing is to act quickly to ensure the child gets the treatment they need in a critical situation, call an ambulance and taking immediate action cannot be stressed highly enough. If a child is not breathing normally and no action is taken, their heart will stop and a full cardiac arrest will occur.

The Resuscitation Council accept that doing rescue breaths will increase the risk of transmitting the COVID-19 virus, either to the rescuer or the child/infant. However, this risk is small compared to the risk of taking no action as this will result in certain cardiac arrest and death of the child.

We will be continually monitoring the situation and will provide updates as appropriate.

Emergency Response Training Ltd
Canberra House Training & Development Centre • 10 First Avenue
Robin Hood Airport • Finningley • Doncaster • South Yorkshire • DN9 3GA
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