DAUK in Medscape: CPR should be considered an Aerosol Generating Procedure

“We are deeply concerned by Public Health England’s continued insistence on designating chest compressions as non aerosol generating procedures,” the Resuscitation Council UK said in a statement.

It continued: “The absence of high-quality evidence for this should not be interpreted as the absence of risk. The clinical reality is that chest compressions produce excretions from a patient’s nose and mouth. As such, irrespective of whether this is via aerosol or droplet or both, this poses a demonstrable risk to health care professionals.”

That stance was backed by Doctors’ Association UK. Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar said: “We unreservedly support the Resuscitation Council UK and share their concerns that CPR should be deemed as an aerosol generating procedure.”