NSC Statement on COVID-19 Interim CPR Guidelines - National Safety Council

NSC Statement on COVID-19 Interim CPR Guidelines

Guidelines aim to reduce transmission of virus during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

April 14, 2020

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council supports and recommends following interim CPR guidelines recently published by the American Heart Association in an effort to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus during resuscitative efforts.

Specifically, it is recommended bystanders and lay rescuers perform “hands-only” CPR (chest compressions without breaths) and the use of an automated external defibrillator for adult victims with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. Additionally, rescuers should wear a mask or cloth covering their face and nose while performing compressions and also consider placing a mask or covering over the victim’s mouth and nose when possible.

To learn more about CPR training from the NSC, visit nsc.org/firstaid. For more information and resources to navigate additional COVID-19 workplace issues, visit nsc.org/coronavirus.

About the National Safety Council
The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.