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Smarter Dummies and Other Tech Tools: What’s New in CPR Training Aids

CPR training ads are being equipped with ways to help people learn more efficiently

There’s an app for that. Technology is reaching into all aspects of our lives, including lifesaving training. A new software is available that enables smartphone users to practice CPR, and smart dummies will help trainees learn the technique more precisely.

More than theory

You know the basic moves if you’re familiar with CPR. And if you took training to be certified, you were assisted by experts who observed you and gave you advice on how to correctly apply it. Even so, most of us might still be unsure that we’re doing it right. Research also shows that retaining what we’ve learned starts to decline as soon as three months after training.

Technology can help.

The basics of cardiopulmonary resuscitation teach that correct chest compression is vital. It should be about 2 inches deep, but how do we know if we’re applying too much – or too little – force?

It’s also important that compression rates stay between 100 to 120 per minute, and the amount of time in between each one makes a difference. We’re taught that we should never stop compressions for longer than 10 seconds. How do we know that we’ve got the right rhythm?

The latest training dummies are equipped to measure this. The software tracks your performance, assesses the data, and provides feedback – often in real time. It can measure compression rate and depth, and tell you if you’re not making a complete release from the compression. Some dummies can even measure the amount of air when you apply ventilation.

My cardiac coach

The American Heart Association has a technology hub called the AHA Center for Health Technology and Innovation. They teamed up with Google to develop an augmented reality version of hands-only CPR training.

The project uses Google tech to create a life-like environment for trainees. Users can give a virtual person hands-only CPR any time, any place using their compatible Android mobile device. By delivering compressions at the correct rate and depth in a gaming experience, individuals are rated on their performance and can try to improve their score.

It’s called My Cardiac Coach™ and you can download the app for free. The technology-aided training is available within the overall app, which offers much more. It’s a personalized, digital toolkit that gives you access to:

  • Trustworthy information from the experts at the American Heart Association
  • Interactive lessons to help you learn what you need to know
  • Progress-trackers for monitoring blood pressure and weight
  • Tools for logging physical activity and managing medications
  • Survivors of cardiac events can connect with other survivors through the Support Network

The AHA says its adult CPR courses will be updated in 2019 to make use of even more new technology. It’ll require feedback devices like those mentioned so far. The AHA is making these changes based on a 2015 study on the benefits of emerging technology.

The AHA reports that more than 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of a hospital environment. Another 200,000 happen in a hospital setting. Statistics show that only 46% of us who experience cardiac arrest outside of the hospital receive CPR from a bystander until professional help arrives on the scene. Yet performed correctly, CPR can double or triple the chance of survival.

It’s why dummies and other training tools are getting smarter. They’re being upgraded to help more people learn CPR – and perform it better when they use this knowledge to save a life.

One Beat CPR + AED provides American Heart Association CPR and AED training for groups and individuals. For more information or to sign up for a class, call us at 954-321-5305.