Adopt COVID-19 compliant safety procedure, Red Cross urges first aiders


THE Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) in Lagos on Tuesday urged emergency responders to adopt the new first aid education procedures compliant with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Lagos State Branch Chairman of NRCS, Mrs Adebola Kolawole, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that it had become expedient that first aiders adopt the new safety procedure to avoid contracting Coronavirus.

She said that the new first aid education procedure was the systematic instruction on the current best practice of first aid delivery during COVID-19.

According to her, the components of the new procedure include assessment, approach, airways, breathing, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and after the incident.

“It is important now, so as to prevent first aiders becoming new COVID-19 patients.

“Personal protective equipment, including a face mask must be included in the first aid kit and must be used.

“If need be, open the airway by tilting the head backward but never place face close to the casualty’s face.

“Check for breathing by looking and feeling with hand for abdominal and chest movement. Never try to listen.

“Do not perform rescue breaths on the casualty. CPR without rescue breaths is the new first aid education,” she said.

Kolawole cautioned first aiders to observe two metres distance from casualties suspected of having COVID-19.

She urged first aiders to always wash their hands or use hand sanitisers and to avoid touching their mouth, eyes and nose regardless of whether there was close contact or not. (NAN)

– Sept. 23, 2020 @ 14:25 GMT |

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