Protective Equipment for CPR

This blog post on protective equipment for CPR is for information purposes only. To learn the proper methods on doing CPR take a CPR course in Vancouver with Vancouver First Aid Ltd.

Imagine a lifeless body, a mouth full of spit, saliva and possibly blood and you are the only person around to help. You have taken the precautionary steps of checking for hazards and found no dangers. You have checked for responsiveness and received no response. You point out the nearest competent person and send them to call E.M.S. and bring an AED. You remember the check, call, care Red Cross system and have opened the airway and checked for breathing. You don’t feel a single breath. You landmark on the center of the chest and begin chest compression’s and complete 30 at a rhythm of at least 100 per minute. Now it is time to ventilate and give two full breaths. You look at the mouth and it is full of spit, stomach acid and some blood and you do not want to seal your lips around that mouth for fear of disease and infections. What do you do? What should have been done?

Protective Equipment:

The best response to a situation like this is not a reactionary one, rather a preventative one. If your workplace encourages or expects you to be trained in CPR then they should have the protective equipment for when the emergency situation arises. A pocket mask and pair of gloves should be available next to, or in the workplace first aid kit. If done properly, with the right equipment, a rescuer should not have any skin on skin contact with the victim. If your workplace requires you to take CPR, make sure your employer provides the necessary protective equipment to do CPR safely. Two types of breathing apparatus’ should be available. Either a pocket mask with a one-way valve to prevent transmission of fluids or a bag-valve mask for CPR HCP candidates. Gloves’ should be standard in any first aid kit.

Compression Only CPR:

If you are caught outside the workplace without protective equipment, or your workplace has ignored your wishes for a pocket mask, and you find yourself needing to rescue a stranger with a mouth full of blood you do have options.  Most people, trained in CPR are hesitant to perform mouth-to-mouth on strangers due to fears from infectious diseases. The Red Cross, and other first aid and CPR providers have allowed for compression only CPR in situations like this. Rather than have the hesitant and trained bystanders wait for E.M.S., they can increase the chances of survival for the victim by doing compression only CPR.  Compression only CPR is not as effective as compression’s with ventilation’s but it does help circulate oxygenated blood and causes some oxygen and carbon dioxide transfer from compression on the lungs.


Whatever the situation, if the victim is not breathing, rescuers have options. Options include doing compression’s and ventilation’s with or without protective equipment or doing compression only CPR. These options cater to the comfort level of the rescuer and increase the chances of survival for the victims. To learn more about CPR or to re-certify your award take a first aid or CPR course with Vancouver First Aid Ltd. We teach the latest Red CPR methods with the most advanced equipment at the cheapest prices. We have courses throughout the Lower Mainland including Surrey, Richmond and Burnaby. To register for a course select the course from the side menu bar or from the main menu. Select the date and time that works for you and fill out the registration form to guarantee a spot in the class. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email us at or call at 778.709.9180. Learn to save a life and keep your certificate current by learning CPR!

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