Pick up a CPR face shield today!
Chances are, we’ll come across someone needing Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at least once in our lifetime. CPR involves chest compressions and rescue breaths to keep the casualty alive until further medical help arrives (such as a defibrillator).
The thought of giving a stranger on the street rescue breaths (“the kiss of life”) is daunting for most people. Whilst there is only a minimal risk of infection, it can be seen as unhygienic and distasteful.
The thought of doing rescue breaths can prevent someone from starting CPR at all, with dire consequences for the casualty. This is why some organisations such as the British Heart Foundation now advocate chest compressions only.
However, there is a solution – a CPR face shield. These create a barrier between yourself and the casualty and prevent the transfer of any germs/saliva. They are small enough to be carried on a key-ring and cost less than a cup of coffee.
You can pick up a face shield cheaply from the Red Cross – both the American Red Cross and British Red Cross sell them. Otherwise most large pharmacies will also stock them. What are you waiting for, pick up a CPR face shield now!