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[4/2/20] Update to Overdose Rescue Protocol

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, we have been closely monitoring the safety recommendations of the CDC, WHO and MDH (Minnesota Department of Health). As the health and safety of the public is our number one priority, we have determined that it is necessary to adjust our overdose rescue training protocols. Based on the recommendations of our Medical Advisory Committee, we feel that providing rescue breathing carries a high risk of disease transmission. Therefore, at this time we have decided to recommend NOT giving rescue breaths in the event of an overdose. Below are our updated recommendations:

1) See if the person is breathing. If not, tell someone to call 911 and administer naloxone.

2) Check for a pulse. If there’s no pulse, start chest compressions by placing one hand on top of the other. Push hard and fast, about 100 compressions per minute. This is the same beat as “I Will Survive” or “Sweet Home Alabama” or “Stayin’ Alive.” Continue to do this until paramedics arrive or until the person becomes responsive. To see a demonstration of chest compressions, watch this video.

Usually the carotid artery in the neck is the easiest spot to check a pulse. Here are some other spots:

The Steve Rummler HOPE Network does NOT provide formal CPR training or certification. The American Heart Association offers online CPR training and other emergency first aid courses if you’d like to learn more.

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves. Please contact our Overdose Prevention Manager with any questions:

Almarely Guerrero Sanchez
(612) 470-2900

Alicia Haugh


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