AHA is taking CPR training into the digital age! Nowadays, everything is with digital assistance. The many benefits of present day technological advances have assisted in margins all over the globe; it was only a matter of time before these advancements made their way over to the CPR training community. By January 31st of 2019, AHA is making it regulation to be teaching CPR with a manikin that provides instrumented directive feedback to students.

This change is in hopes that we will see an increase in lives saved by CPR across the board. This doesn’t mean that your current manikins will be rendered obsolete. Manufacturers have begun to release various devices to make the change as smooth as possible. Of course, your friends at CPR Savers are going to give you the lowdown on what’s out and what’s coming so you may make an educated decision on what device would work best for you and your budget.

The first thing you will need to understand to find your right instrumented directive feedback device (IDFD) is the definition of what is required. A proper IDFD should measure compression rate, depth, hand position, recoil, and chest compression fractions, while providing real-time audio or visual feedback (or both). There are some manikins, like Prestan, that have the monitors built into the manikin. If you already own a Prestan manikin, but don’t have the monitor to install, you can purchase just the monitors, install them yourself, and voilà! You have an AHA compliant manikin.

Minimally, AHA requires real-time audio or visual feedback on compression rate and depth that falls under one of these categories:

  • Device that can be added to and used with existing manikins
  • Device built into manikin
  • Device that can be used as a monitor or defibrillator with manikins or;
  • A high-fidelity manikin (or computer-aided)

While metronomes are quite helpful for helping someone learn proper compression rates, they do not provide the required real-time feedback. However, real-time feedback devices do include the Zoll trainers that have gyroscope in the pads that measure compressions, and the new Practi-CRM Wrist Band. If you’re the economically effective type, the CRM Wrist Band is probably the option you’d lean towards. Students may apply the wristband and receive feedback as they perform compressions on a manikin in the form of a lit diode. This light turns red to alert that compressions aren’t being performed fast enough or too fast and green when it’s just right. At a very cost-effective price, you can find this or other IDFDs on our website.

It’s time for trainers to get with the times of real-time feedback. Don’t be the instructor who waited last minute to assimilate your courses to the new standard. If you need more information on the AHA regulations coming out, check out the links below. Once you’re confident in your ability to teach an upgraded class, and you’ve worked out your budget, head over to our site and place an order. This change is for the greater good and it is projected to create results in the margins of revivals from CPR. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of saving more lives? After all, that is what CPR is all about.

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