DAN Training: educational activities vs COVID-2019 emergency

4 June, 2020 - Let's start off again, in complete safety: DAN Training is ready and intends to assist Trainers the best possible way.

Following the health emergency that has forced us to suspend our educational activities, we are back in business in compliance with the precautionary measures the current context imposes.

In order to limit the risk of infection for Trainers and Students, substantial changes will be implemented both in the preliminary course organisation and in the classroom management.

In this regard, DAN Training has developed a Guide, updated with the Integrative Amendments provided by ERC (European Resuscitation Council) and the competent authorities, which includes the necessary recommendations and procedures to organise and carry out a DAN Training course.




Furthermore, included in the MyDAN Library, DAN Instructors and Trainers will find the Student Evaluation Forms of the main Training courses with the skills updated to the new recommendations.

Real-time updates will follow on our Facebook page.


Please note
The Guide may be updated according to the evolution of the epidemiological context. We therefore invite Trainers to use the most up-to-date document, corresponding to the online version.

DAN Europe Trainers must also monitor and comply with any local guidelines and regulations.


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April 28, 2020 - The COVID-19 emergency has profoundly changed our daily habits, work activities and behaviour, including how to react should you need to assist a person in distress.

The expansion of the pandemic on a global scale has forced us to suspend our educational activities, according to the provisions and regulations of each country.

At DAN Training we believe that the first step needed to manage an emergency is training, in particular when confronted with times of great uncertainty.

Hence, we recommend you keep in touch with your students through online theory lessons, which you will be able to consolidate, once the emergency is over, with practical training in the classroom.



First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Despite the precautionary suspension of teaching activities in classrooms, DAN Providers, Instructors and Trainers may find themselves assisting a victim in cardiac arrest, who is not a family member and potentially affected by COVID-19. The rescuer also could be infected.

What to do?

  • Make sure that you, the victim and the people in the area are safe.
  • Wear all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and use every barrier at your disposal.
  • Evaluate the victim's consciousness by shaking or stimulating him/her without approaching his/her face.
  • Evaluate the breathing bysimply observing the movements of the chest, avoiding to place your face close to the victim’s face.
  • If the victim is unconscious and not breathing, alert or have the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) alerted describing the situation, and start chest compressions without performing rescue breaths/ventilations.
  • Use an AED, if available.
  • Continue rescue techniques until the victim is breathing normally again, until you are exhausted or until EMS arrives.

What to do in the event of a paediatric victim?

If the child/infant is not a family member but you are properly trained and prepared, you can choose to perform ventilations* in addition to chest compressions, according to the procedures learned during DAN courses:

  • Make sure that you, the victim and the people in the area are safe.
  • Wear all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and use every barrier at your disposal.
  • Evaluate consciousness by gently shaking the child or stimulating the infant.
  • If the child/infant is unconscious, call for help, gently open the airways and approach to assess the presence of normal breathing for no longer than 10 seconds.
  • If the child/infant is not breathing, give 5 initial rescue breaths.
  • Evaluate the presence of signs of Movement - Cough - Breath, no longer than 10 seconds.
  • In the absence of any signs, start the cycle of 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths.
  • Use an AED on the child, if available.
  • Continue the rescue techniques until the child/infant has resumed normal breathing, until you are exhausted or until Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrives.

Note: If you are alone, proceed with CPR for 1 minute (approximately 5 cycles 30:2) before alerting EMS. If possible, take the child/infant with you.

If you witnessed the sudden child/infant collapse, seek assistance immediately.

Cardiac arrest in children/infants is often linked to respiratory difficulties. Hence, it is very important that the rescuer performs ventilations. If these are not effective in any way, the airways may be obstructed and it is necessary to check for foreign bodies and try to remove the obstruction.

Paediatric Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation techniques may vary depending on age and physique of the victim: please refer to your BLSD Adult and Paediatric manual for complete resuscitation procedures.

Once the rescue activities have been completed, remove all PPE correctly to minimise the risk of touching potentially contaminated surfaces, and dispose of them in accordance with local regulations.

Wash your hands with extreme care using soap and water or, if not possible, use 70/80% hydroalcoholic gel.



Keep your knowledge and skills up to date: refer to complete procedures in the DAN BLS-D Adult and Paediatric manual, available in your MyDAN Area.

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