We all know that technology is amazing. Many of us would be lost without our portable electronic devices. Now we can even use such things as "Alexa", the voice activated Amazon device, to help us with CPR and First Aid prompts. The American Heart Association now says that "Alexa" will give instructions for CPR. heart attack, and even what to do when someone may be having a stroke.
According to the American Heart Association, "Alexa" will offer instructional steps for an adult or adolescent who suddenly collapses. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, just like in the classes I teach, the first thing that Alexa will say is to "call 911".
The person would simply say; "Alexa, How do I perform CPR?". Alexa would then offer the steps for hands-only CPR for someone who suddenly collapses. "Alexa" would go on to instruct the first responder to "push hard and fast in the middle of the chest at a rate of 100 to 120 beats per minute".
It's important to remember though, that while "Alexa" can prompt the first responder on the proper steps in facilitating emergency cardiovascular care; hands-on training within an American Heart Association certification class can provide lifesaving skills that allow the first responder and/or healthcare provider to execute care in any emergency situation.
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.