Most of you have now heard about the new AHA guidelines concerning the new CPR feedback device. Studies have show the technology can be used alongside or integrated with a manikin to help students improve skills and reduce instruction time. Below is the official statement from the AHA.
DALLAS, August 15, 2017 — The American Heart Association – the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease – will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills, effective January 31, 2019. The devices provide, real-time, audiovisual and corrective evaluation and instruction on chest compression rate, depth, chest recoil and proper hand placement during CPR training.
Since Prestan Products introduced feedback devices we have sold them here at MCR Medical. We believe in them and their ability to train people on the proper live saving tasks of performing CPR. Several of our customers have feedback devices already and they most of them would not train without them.
Since this information has been released we have fielded numerous calls from customers with questions, comments and concerns on the new guidelines and wanted to reach out to you, the CPR instructors, to get your feedback on the CPR manikins with feedback devices. Being that you are on the front lines and are training daily, you have the best view of what this means to your students and to cardio pulmonary resuscitation in general. With this being said we are asking all of you to share your thoughts below in the comment section. This primarily is to start a dialogue with you, and between you, so we can become the best resource for the industry. Please take a minute and comment what your questions, comments and concerns are regarding CPR feedback manikins.
Thanks for your time on this very important matter.