The Philippine Red Cross is training rescuers to keep their safe distance while performing first aid such as CPR or Mouth-to-Mouth Resuscitation. It can be done with the help of a mask to prevent the transmission of the virus.
The one-way valve mask with filter is a clear piece of equipment placed on top of the victim's mouth before conducting CPR, said PRC Manila Emergency Medical Services Head Laurence Roy Sanchez. This serves as the main barrier between rescuer and victim, he explained.
"Na-fifilter niya yung liquids na binibigay ng rescuer sa victim, ganoon din naman sa victim going to rescuer (It can filter the liquids given by the rescuer to the victim, and the same goes for the victim to the rescuer.)," he said.
CPR assessment has 3 parts: Look, listen, and feel. Before diving into resusciation, rescuers must first inspect for any blockage in the mouth and nose, and monitor the rise and fall of the patient's chest. They must also get close to listen for breathing and a heartbeat, and feel for the patient's breath and pulse.
However, the novel coronavirus has changed the typical training guide for rescuers. Now, they must assess from a safe distance. Protecting both rescuer and victim is of utmost importance while conducting rescue, so both individuals must be in full protective gear such as masks, gloves, and face shields. Have a hard time imagining it?