Resuscitation Council UK Statements on COVID-19 (Coronavirus), CPR and Resuscitation

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Last updated 25 March 2020.

Resuscitation Council UK is closely monitoring COVID-19’s impact in the UK.  

We are aware of the concerns regarding risk of transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), but wish to emphasise the crucial importance of doing CPR for the person in cardiac arrest. 

In the UK, almost 200 people a day will suffer a cardiac arrest out of hospital. When someone has a cardiac arrest, they are not breathing normally and their heart has stopped. With no treatment, this person will die, usually within a few minutes. Early CPR and defibrillation give them their best chance of survival.  

Resuscitation Council UK is continuously monitoring new information as it becomes available, and will update our advice accordingly as developments unfold. We fully support good hand hygiene and other preventive measures as per guidance from the government. 


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