Journal article

COVID-19 in cardiac arrest and infection risk to rescuers: A systematic review

Keith Couper, Sian Taylor-Phillips, Amy Grove, Karoline Freeman, Osemeke Osokogu, Rachel Court, Amin Mehrabian, Peter T Morley, Jerry P Nolan, Jasmeet Soar, Gavin D Perkins

Resuscitation | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: There may be a risk of COVID-19 transmission to rescuers delivering treatment for cardiac arrest. The aim of this review was to identify the potential risk of transmission associated with key interventions (chest compressions, defibrillation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to inform international treatment recommendations. METHODS: We undertook a systematic review comprising three questions: (1) aerosol generation associated with key interventions; (2) risk of airborne infection transmission associated with key interventions; and (3) the effect of different personal protective equipment strategies. We searched MEDLINE, Embase, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and t..

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Awarded by National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

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Funding Acknowledgements

Dr Taylor-Phillips is supported by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellowship (CDF-2016-09-018). Dr Grove is funded by the NIHR Advanced Fellowship Programme (NIHR300060). Karoline Freeman is funded by the NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Programme (DRF-2016-09-038). Prof Perkins is supported as an NIHR Senior Investigator and by the NIHR Applied Research Centre (ARC) West Midlands, UK. Rachel Court, Osemeke Osokogu and Amin Mehrabian are supported by the National Institute for Health Research Systematic Reviews Programme.