RCPCH supports RCUK statement on resuscitation and PPE

We respond to RCUK position on resuscitation and PPE.

RCPCH has published guidance and a series of scenarios for paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Within the publication, RCPCH sets out its support for the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) position on PPE. The RCUK statement (28 April)  says:

In the absence of high-quality evidence to state that anything less than AGP PPE is sufficient for healthcare professional safety, Resuscitation Council UK maintains its belief that AGP PPE provides the safest level of protection when administering chest compressions, CPR, and advanced airway procedures in known or suspected COVID-19 patients.

RCPCH supports this position. Dr Mike Linney, Registrar at RCPCH said:

It is not acceptable for staff to have to choose between resuscitating a child and protecting themselves. Given that the vast majority of resuscitation scenarios in children are not primarily cardiac, it is highly likely that every resuscitation will become aerosol generating very quickly. Readily accessible, appropriate PPE is essential.

The guidance also includes a number of clinical scenarios and provides a set of FAQs about paediatric resuscitation. The guidance is available here.