Recommended Protocol for Shelter Staff when Responding to Opioid Overdose during COVID-19

If you suspect that someone is experiencing an Opioid Overdose Call 911

Put on Personal Protective Equipment before entering within 2 metres of the individual (gloves, mask, gown)

Check for responsiveness and stimulate (call name, shake, rub chest/sternum with your thumb knuckle)

Administer Naloxone

Repeat Naloxone in 3 – 5 minutes if individual remains unresponsive

Stay with individual until help arrives

Chest compressions only

No rescue breathing

Limit responders who are within 2 metres (6 feet) to 1 person (if possible)

Reviewed by:
Dr Debbie Dyke
Dr Chris Steingart
Updated date reviewed May 6, 2020