Responding to a cardiac arrest: Keeping paramedics safe during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Keywords

paramedic
COVID-19
cardiac arrest
CPR
pandemic

How to Cite

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Whitfield S, MacQuarrie A, Boyle M. Responding to a cardiac arrest: Keeping paramedics safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine [Internet]. 2020Apr.27 [cited 2020Oct.26];17. Available from: https://ajp.paramedics.org/index.php/ajp/article/view/809

Abstract

This commentary aims to provide an overview of the current state and territory ambulance service cardiac arrest management recommendations to paramedics during the COVID-19 pandemic and highlight relevant risks to personnel.
https://doi.org/10.33151/ajp.17.809
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