RCUK statement on COVID-19 Guidance August 2021

RCUK remains committed to optimising patient outcomes whilst maintaining safety for all personnel who attend resuscitation events. RCUK has reviewed its guidance in the context of the current prevalence of COVID-19 infection and the vaccination programme.

Throughout the pandemic, RCUK resuscitation guidance for known or suspected COVID-19 patients has been consistent, advising personal protective equipment for aerosol generating procedures for chest compressions and advanced airway procedures. With this latest review (August 2021) we maintain this position. RCUK will be updating the algorithms in line with the 2021 Resuscitation Guidelines by end of September 2021. All documents will be reviewed, and where necessary updated, with version control added to alert readers to the date reviewed and whether the text has changed. RCUK will publish updated documents in September 2021.

For resuscitation service planning we recommend that local decision-makers decide the level of risk within each area and apply the appropriate resuscitation algorithm. Integral to this will be clear communication to all members of staff to ensure that there is minimal delay to resuscitation and minimal risk to healthcare workers. 

RCUK has worked closely with vaccination centres providing updated anaphylaxis guidelines and guidance for resuscitation events. The most recent work has been with those centres planning to vaccinate the 12-17 age groups and the 'Paediatric Cardiac arrest in vaccination settings' guidance is now available.

RCUK is continuing to monitor the situation closely and we are committed to regularly reviewing our COVID-19 Resuscitation Guidance to ensure that we consider any new or emerging evidence in this area. In doing so we will continue to ensure that health care professionals give patients the best chance of survival while keeping themselves as safe as possible.

10 August 2021.