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.
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.