With the increase in the use of technology, the American Heart Association (AHA) has announced that all AHA CPR training courses will require use of an instrumented directive feedback device, effective January 2019. This automated technology will greatly benefit students as students receive audiovisual evaluation and corrective instruction on chest compression rate, depth and proper hand placement. Subsequently, empirical research suggests that this new technology can be used alongside or integrated with a manikin to help students improve skills and reduce instruction time. This new requirement impacts the Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), ACLS for Experienced Providers and Heartsaver adult CPR training courses. Future goals will be to implement the technology into all courses such as infant and child, not just adult skills classes.
This new requirement is exciting as students will receive both feedback and corrective instruction so that students are prepared and competent to handle any emergency cardiovascular care emergency.
Every organization may face the risk that a natural or man-made disaster at one time or another. This disruption could severely halt normal operations and even threaten the viability of your product or service. Fires, floods, earthquakes, thefts and terrorism are all potential threats to a business.
However, if you have a disaster recovery plan to deal with such threats then you are one step ahead.
Here is an important objective to consider.
Employee safety. Some disasters create the need for medical assistance. As a result, some planning considerations to ensure employee safety may include:
First aid kits – Have one or more easily accessible kits on hand.
Trained staff – Have one or more employees trained in basic first aid procedures and CPR for the adult, child, and infant as well as the use of the AED.
Getting assistance – Ensure that phone numbers and locations of doctors, hospitals and ambulance services are easily accessible.
Evacuation plan – Have an emergency escape route so that everyone knows how to leave your business in the event of a disaster. In addition, it is also constructive to establish a meeting location to ensure everyone is evacuated safely.
In times of emergency, some organizations are better prepared and are able to handle adversity well. However, other are not. Be proactive and ensure your company is prepared.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.