CPR Feedback Manikins

All of your General Questions Answered!

Hi Everyone! We have been getting a lot of questions about the new AHA Guidelines that will be changing in 2019. I thought I would write a quick blog to address some of your questions regarding CPR Feedback Manikins.

If you already know about the CPR Manikin Feedback devices and are interested in seeing the various options we carry you can check out our CPR Manikins page. 

If you’d like a little more information feel free to keep on reading!

  • What are CPR Feedback Manikins?
    A CPR Feedback Manikin allows both you and your students to receive instant updates during training. The two devices we’ll talk about provide feedback on compression depth and compression rate. 
  • Why do I need a CPR Feedback Manikins?
    On August 15, 2017, The American Heart Association announced that they “will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all course that teach adult CPR skills”. 
  • When do I need a feedback device?
    This policy will be effective January 31, 2019.
  • What kind of CPR Feedback Manikins are there?
    The Prestan Manikins that MCR Medical carries specializes in two separate feedback device options.  Check out Prestan’s Press Release about the AHA directive, as it will provide you with a little more detail about their mission to keep you compliant. 

The feedback options BELOW are the only ones that are actually going to be required in the new guidelines.

The Prestan Pro Series is either already compliant with both directives, or at least  can be upgraded at a later time. 

– The compression depth feedback device is a clicking mechanism pre-installed in the Prestan Pro Series Manikins (please note: this does not include the Prestan Ultralite Series). This device may also be referred to as a “Clicker” due to the audible “clicking” sound it makes when the compressions reach a depth of 2″ (Adult).

-The compression rate feedback device is a LED light mechanism that signals through a series of lights indicating whether CPR chest compressions are being delivered at the appropriate rate. This device may also be referred to as a “monitor” or a “rate monitor”.  The “Rate Monitor” comes in various sizes and quantities for your convenience.  It would be beneficial to note (again…) that not all Prestan Pro Series Manikins come with the rate monitor. However, it can easily be installed. 

For additional insight on choosing a Prestan Pro Series Manikin with Monitor, check out a previous blog I wrote on the  Prestan Products naming algorithm.

  • What does it do and where is it at?
    The “clicker” is located in the chest plate area under the manikin’s skin. You and your students will hear a “clicking” noise every time the compression reaches the proper depth recommend by the AHA. The clicker mechanism comes in the Prestan Professional Series Adult, Child, and Infant manikins.

The “monitor” is located in the upper left-hand shoulder of the Prestan Professional Adult and Child manikin and in the diaper area of the Infant manikin. Prior to your class, I recommend you review the lighting system to ensure proper training. 

Prestan Pro Series Compression Rate Monitor


Red Light = Less than 60 compressions per minute
Yellow Light = 60-80 compressions per minute
Green Light = 80-99 compressions per minute
2 Green Lights = Recommended 100 compressions per minute 
2 Green Lights plus Yellow Flashing Light = The 120 compressions per minute

  • Where can I get it?
    MCR Medical carries an array of Prestan CPR Manikins and our staff would be more than happy to answer any of your questions or concerns regarding this new policy. We are able to take orders over the phone or you can visit our website at www.MCRmedical.com

Not the right time to upgrade?

If you find that purchasing the Prestan Pro Series Manikins with Monitor does not fit into your budget, don’t worry! You can easily purchase these without monitors now and install them yourself later. 

I would like to reiterate that we have been discussing the Prestan Profesional Series and not the Prestan Ultralite Series. Unfortunately, at this time the Ultralite Series does not come with a CPR Feedback device and can not be upgraded. 

If you choose to install the monitors yourself down the road, I highly recommend checking back with us in November for our Annual Black Friday Blow Out. All Prestan Products are 20% off and we have an assortment of other CPR and First Aid training products marked down. 

I’ve attached a YouTube video. You will see just how easy it is to install the compression rate monitor yourself. Remember that you can always call our office if you have questions. If you find yourself using a search engine looking for  “CPR manikins with lights” or “CPR manikins with feedback”  and  you’re not sure if they will be complaint give us a call. We sometimes talk to ourselves but it’s much more fun to talk to other people. 


14 thoughts on “CPR Feedback Manikins”

  1. I really like the Prestan Manikins with the feed back lights! I understand research states this helps students learn better and retain longer. However I have seen over the years when I had only 1 full size manikin with the electronics students focus on looking at the lights and NOT on what they are doing. I believe keeping watch on what your are doing is better since we do not have these electronics built into our bodies (yet). I still feel that these feed back helps the instructor to quickly see what their students are doing quickly.

    1. The Red Cross adopted the same measure requiring rate and depth feedback manikins used in adult CPR training. We are not aware of any changes with NSC’s requirements at this time. Thanks for asking!

  2. When you first compress the chest of the manikin, all Feedback Monitor lights will come on and then the red light will blink 12-15 times to let you know the manikin is ready and working properly. This is normal and you may start compressions at any time. The red light may blink again when the manikin is resting.

    1. Great Question. No, the Ultralite series is not compatible with the Professional series. However, we offer a buyback program with the Ultralite Manikins. If your’re interested in additional details you can email us at sales@mcrmedical.com

    1. Thank you so much for asking! The manikin is able to be removed from the torso for storage if you would like. As for cleaning, you are able to disinfect the outside surface of the manikin, and lift the top compartment as if you are changing lung bags and disinfect the inside of the manikin as well. Feel free to visit our FAQ page on our website or our blog on cleaning your manikins for more information!

    1. Good morning Cathy,
      Thank you so much for reaching out to us. A single Prestan Professional Series manikin weighs approximately 8 lbs, while a 4-pack is approximately 26 lbs. A single Prestan Ultralite manikin weights approximately 5 lbs, while a 4-pack is approximately 16 lbs. I hope this helps! Please feel free to give us a call at 614-782-2100 with any additional questions or concerns, and we will be more than happy to assist. Take care, and have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you for reaching out! What is required can vary by training center. Each manikin will come with lung bags needed for training. Please reach out to sales@mcrmedical.com and we can help you get what you need to start out.

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