Effective January 31, 2019, new American Heart Association feedback guidelines will require real time feedback for students when working with Adult simulations. Compression depth, rate and chest recoil will all be monitored not only by the instructor, but by a CPR training feedback device as well.
Specific and targeted feedback is essential to student's understanding and comprehension of CPR processes when faced with a cardiac emergency. Through the incorporation of feedback in adult CPR courses the quality and consistency of training can help increase the chance of a successful outcome when CPR is actually performed. However, the ultimate goal is to help students master the critical skills and reduce the time between training and demonstration of competence in a training environment.
CPR feedback devices will monitor various items during the training process. First, a metronome will provide a rate to follow during CPR practices, however, this does not give directive feedback on the actual performance of the student. In order to comply with the new requirements, the feedback devices must measure and and provide rel-time audio and/or visual feedback on compression rate and depth. This will allow the student to make self-corrections or even validate their skills or validate their level of skill performance during training.
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.