Hygiene during CPR: Paediatric first aid

Ensuring hygiene in paediatric CPR: A crucial first aid practice

In paediatric first aid, ensuring proper hygiene during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not just a practice—it's a mandate. Understanding the intricacies of hygienic CPR can significantly impact the outcome as we navigate the complexities of children's health emergencies. In this blog, Rose explores the critical aspects of hygiene in paediatric CPR, outlining essential practices backed by the latest regulations and standards.

Importance of hygiene in paediatric CPR

CPR is a lifesaving technique crucial in situations such as drowning, suffocation, or cardiac arrest. In paediatric cases, the stakes are incredibly high due to the vulnerability of children's health. Hygiene during CPR is paramount to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases between the rescuer and the child. Statistics indicate that adherence to hygiene protocols significantly reduces the risks of cross-contamination.

Key definitions

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) - A life-saving technique that combines chest compressions and artificial ventilation to maintain circulatory flow and oxygenation during cardiac arrest.
  • Hygiene - Measures used to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases.

Relevant legislation and regulations

In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines emphasise the importance of infection control during first aid procedures. The Resuscitation Council (UK) also provides specific guidelines addressing hygiene measures during CPR, including using barrier devices like face shields and gloves. Adherence to these guidelines aligns with best practices and complies with workplace health and safety regulations.

Best practices in hygiene during paediatric CPR

  • Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Gloves, masks, and protective eyewear should be worn to reduce the risk of disease transmission.
  • Barrier devices - Use CPR face shields or masks when performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Safe disposal - Properly dispose of all used PPE and any other contaminated materials immediately after the emergency situation.
  • Hand hygiene - Perform hand hygiene before and after administering CPR to minimise the risk of infection.

Recommendations for training and implementation

  • Regular training - Healthcare providers and first responders should receive regular training on the latest paediatric CPR techniques and hygiene practices.
  • Community awareness - Schools and community centres should host awareness programs to educate the public on the importance of hygiene in paediatric CPR.
  • Policy implementation - Organisations should develop clear policies based on current guidelines that enforce hygiene practices during first aid.


Maintaining hygiene during paediatric CPR is not only a best practice but a crucial element that can determine the effectiveness of the life-saving procedure. By adhering to the established guidelines and equipping oneself with the proper knowledge and tools, every rescuer can ensure the highest standards of care are met during these critical moments.

At The Mandatory Training Group, we are committed to providing comprehensive training encompassing the latest paediatric first aid standards, including CPR hygiene. Our courses are designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to act effectively and hygienically in times of need. Click here to learn more about our training courses and how you can contribute to making a safer environment for our children.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always seek professional medical assistance in emergency situations.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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