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Hands only compressions for OD Response

A new province-wide practice update from BCEHS, on hands only chest compressions. The key updates from the detailed document have been summarised below:

New Procedure:

BCEHS Practice Update Hands Only Chest Compression Instructions for Peer Workers
Download DOCX • 147KB

Poster download here:

BCEHS EMCT Practice Update
Download PDF • 63KB

New practice update on chest compressions for 911 call-takers from BC Emergency Health Services:

· 911 call-takers will no longer recommend chest compressions for trained peer workers calling from OPS and SCS

· Chest compressions are not needed in overdoses where the person has a pulse and is responded to very quickly (as in a witnessed OD in an OPS). The priority is to support airway, breathing, and naloxone in these cases.

· If a caller identifies themselves as a trained peer worker and confirms the person has a pulse, the call taker will give instructions to maintain airway and give ventilations when needed, but will not advise compressions

· You can read the update for call-takers attached above in the word document. Thanks to all of the people with lived experience, OPS staff, and community who brought this issue to light. is your contact if you have any questions or would like to connect!

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