COVID-19

Find our statements as well as some resources for the developing COVID-19 response.

Please note: The information below does not supersede advice from the government or your organisational protocol. The COVID-19 response is continuously evolving, and our recommendations may change. Please consider this when using the below resources.

On this page:

COVID-19 Resources

Modifications to Essential Life Support 

Adult Advanced Life Support for COVID-19 Patients Flowchart 

 

New Zealand Resuscitation Council Statements

26 March 2020- COVID-19 Update on First Aid and Resuscitation Certification, Recertification and Assessment.

24 March 2020- COVID-19 Update on New Zealand Resuscitation Council Office.

20 March 2020- COVID-19 Update on NZ Resuscitation Council Instructor Training

19 March 2020- COVID-19 Impact on First Aid and Resuscitation Training

 

General Resources 

Working from home during COVID-19 - from www.instep.nz

Managing through uncertainty - from www.instep.nz 


 

26 March 2020

COVID-19 Update on First Aid and Resuscitation Certification, Recertification and Assessment

As New Zealand moves into alert level 4 – eliminate, I’m very mindful that any position that the Council takes at the moment must comply and be consistent with the emergency measures being applied by Central government. 

It is vital that the capacity for the country to respond to the COVID-19 crisis is supported and urgent measures must be taken to ensure that health personnel and other members of the essential workforce are protected. 

The recent statement released by the NZ Resuscitation Council included our recommendation that “the requirement for resuscitation training and re-certification be considered in the light of the current concerns.”

To clarify this point, there is no real science to guide the re-certification periods that are currently set and in light of the present situation, a recertification course would be considered routine and non-essential. For the meantime we suggest that those empowered to define certification periods urgently redefine them, by extending them, until we get a better understanding of what to do next.

Moving forward, innovative approaches to first aid and CPR teaching may need to be considered. This type of distance learning may be helpful to disseminate knowledge. We are concerned that any attempt to introduce unvalidated online psychomotor skill assessment is premature and may set a precedent for the future. 

These are extraordinary times and our focus must be on the health and wellbeing of the people of New Zealand. We all need to work together and be kind to others.

Kevin Nation

Chief Executive


 24 March 2020

COVID-19 Update on New Zealand Resuscitation Council Office

As New Zealand enters alert level 4 lockdown, the New Zealand Resuscitation Council office in Wellington is closed.

Our staff are continuing to work remotely. If you need to get in touch with us, you can do so through the regular channels. We will continue to post updates as and when information changes.

Our online shop will be shut as we are unable to fulfill online orders, unfortunately our website is down currently. Once our website is back up and running, we will close the shop function.

We are doing all we can to be socially responsible and urge you and your families to keep well and stay safe. None of us have ever experienced events so dramatic and lifechanging and we understand how challenging it will be for all moving forward.

Please work together and be kind to others.

Kevin Nation
Chief Executive


 20 March 2020

COVID-19 Update on NZ Resuscitation Council Instructor Training

New Zealand’s priority continues to be slowing the spread of COVID-19, therefore, rapid changes have been introduced by the New Zeland government that significantly impact on travel, self-isolation and mass gatherings. 

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council values instructor training but it is not essential and immediate to the needs of the community at this time. We do not think it would be responsible for groups of key, front-line healthcare and paramedic professionals to travel and gather together unnecessarily. 

All NZ Resuscitation Council CORE Advanced, Newborn Life Support and Emergency Care Instructor Training is postponed until 30 July 2020. This decision is under regular review and we will notify you of any changes.

Those with existing bookings who will be impacted by this postponement will be contacted directly by our administration office with regard resheduling and refund options.

More information will follow regarding NZ Resuscitation Council instructor credentialling requirements for 2020.

Kevin Nation

Chief Executive

 


 19 March 2020

COVID-19 Impact on First Aid and Resuscitation Training 

The NZ Resuscitation Council recommends that the teaching of routine first aid and resuscitation courses should be postponed until the current COVID-19 pandemic has abated and expert consensus opinion is that there is no longer an unnecessary risk involved in participating in a course.

The NZ Resuscitation Council recommends that the requirement for resuscitation training and re-certification be considered in the light of the current concerns.

The NZ Resuscitation Council will be regularly reviewing this recommendation.

More to follow.

Kevin Nation
Chief Executive