Myth: If I don’t have a CPR mask or face shield available, a tea towel or hanky will provide protection from disease while performing the mouth to mouth part of CPR.

Mythbuster:

Ordinary household items provide no useful protection from the transmission of disease. Commercially available barriers may provide some protection, however,

  • The risk of transmission is very low
  • First aiders are most likely to perform CPR on a relative
  • Such devices may cause the first aider to focus on the mouth to mouth aspect of CPR (compressions are the most important part of CPR)
  • Such devices complicate the process of CPR
  • Such devices are often not available