The First Aid Quality Partnership have liaised with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), NHS England Microbiologists and Resuscitation Council (UK) regarding the matter and issued the following guidelines:
With manikin hygiene procedures in place, the biggest risk in a classroom environment is hand-to-surface/surface-to-hand contamination.
The correct manikin hygiene procedures you should implement are:
- ensure manikins have one-way valves - these and the lungs should be replaced after each session.
- use sanitiser/alcohol wipes between each learner and allow this to dry naturally. Use this not only on the mouth, but wherever hands have been placed, including the chest, nose and forehead.
- enforce strict classroom hygiene and exclude anyone exhibiting signs of a respiratory illness.
It’s imperative that all trainers adhere to the strict manikin hygiene guidelines.
For Laerdal Baby Anne and Laerdal MiniAnne manikins, issue learners with their own baby manikin lung, which should be swapped between uses.
NHS England consultant microbiologist advice is that the above is sufficient. However, if you want double protection, you should also issue learners with an individual CPR face-shield. If this is re-used by the learner, ensure it is used the same way around each time. Issuing a face shield is also likely to give significant reassurance to learners.
You can also find further guidance from the Resuscitation Council UK website here: RCUK - Coronavirus
First Aid Trainers should also make themselves aware of the government guidance and ensure that they adhere to it by visiting: Gov.uk
Additional information on the Coronavirus can be found at the following links: