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First Responders PPE & Covid-19 Guidance

First Responders PPE

First Responders PPE & Covid-19 Guidance

First Responders PPE – First responders include any professional or voluntary workers who are first on the scene at an incident.

You may come into close contact with individuals who are infected with Covid-19 or are asymptomatic before additional medical help arrives. In an emergency situation, first responders PPE can save lives if used correctly.

Social distancing and hygiene measures

– Maintain a distance of 2m (6 feet) unless impossible
– Assess the risk and use physical barriers or alternative working methods
– Use PPE when other measures alone won’t reduce the risk of transmission
– Keep all equipment and surfaces cleaned and disinfected
– After any contact with a member of the public, even if they’re 2m away, wash your hands thoroughly or use a hand sanitiser as quickly as possible
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth


First responders PPE

How to use first responders PPE: It’s essential that you clean your hands thoroughly with hand sanitiser or soap and water when putting on and taking off PPE to avoid self-infection. Remove all first responders PPE safely and dispose of according to the instructions and guidance from your employer.


Disposable gloves and apron

When to use: Where it’s impossible to maintain a 2m distance and/or you’re likely to come into contact with a person or potentially contaminated items or area.

Fluid repellent surgical face mask and goggles
When to use: Where there’s an anticipated risk of contamination either from splashes, blood or other body fluids.

How to use: Make sure that the metal strap of the mask is moulded to the nose and the mask fits snugly under the chin covering any facial hair.


Providing assistance

Individuals with Covid-19 symptoms
If you’re called to provide assistance and the individual is symptomatic for Covid-19, place them in an isolated room if possible.

Otherwise, barriers or screens may be used. Those not providing assistance should stay 2m away. Advise any contacts to visit the NHS website and follow advice on quarantining if they develop symptoms.


First responders PPE – CPR

If you’re required to give CPR, first conduct a full risk assessment.

It’s recommended that you perform chest compressions only on adults. If the cardiac arrest is caused by a lack of oxygen and you need to perform mouth to mouth, use a resuscitation face shield if possible.

After giving mouth to mouth monitor yourself for Covid-19 symptoms over the next 14 days. These include:

– High temperature
– Recent onset of persistent cough
– Loss of or change in sense of taste and smell


Handling the deceased

If you’re required to handle the body of a suspected Covid-19 victim, wear full PPE and wash your hands before and after.

A cloth over the deceased’s mouth may prevent contamination through the release of droplets.


Clean up in non-healthcare settings

Normal cleaning methods kill the virus but you must clean and disinfect any surfaces with which a symptomatic individual may have been in contact.

If a blood or body fluid spill has occurred, use a spill kit and the PPE provided according to the instructions. If a spill kit isn’t available, cover the area with paper towels and wait for the emergency services to arrive.


What to do if you contract Covid-19

If you develop symptoms, self isolate for at least 7 days and follow NHS advice.


A detailed overview of what PPE for the varying clinical environments and aspects, including:

Medicshield hope that the information provided for First Responders PPE is useful, please review our other articles for further guidance.

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