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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.

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Why students should learn CPR, even if their school doesn’t require it

Whether you’ve been out of school for decades or still have some years left before you graduate, almost certainly at one time or another you’ve had this thought during a class: “When are we ever going to use this?”

While school teaches us many important lessons and lots of good information, not everything is relevant to our daily lives. When, for example, was the last time you had to solve an equation outside of algebra class?

This is why when a valuable skill is taught – like CPR – it should be welcomed by everyone. Unfortunately, CPR training is not mandatory in all schools across the country. Right now, it is a graduation requirement in high schools in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

Florida, however, is not included on that list. Two attempts by the legislature in recent years to change this have both failed. But this shouldn’t stop high school (or college) students in Florida from seeking training on their own.

How teens can benefit from CPR training

CPR training is beneficial for everyone, and perhaps teenagers especially because it gives them:

Life-saving ability

According to statistics from the American Heart Association, an average of 475,000 people in the U.S. die from cardiac arrest every year. And about 350,000 of cardiac arrests happen outside of a hospital. This means that the vast majority of people experiencing this trauma rely on bystanders for assistance. The survival rate for victims who get help is around 45 percent. Knowing CPR is the best way to save a life, whether it’s that of a friend, classmate, older family member, or younger sibling.

Confidence

Even if it is never used, knowing CPR can instill confidence in someone. Understanding what needs to be done in the event of an emergency can help a teen keep a cool head in a crisis.

A skill employers look for

For students looking for an after-school job or summer work, being able to put CPR training on their resume can give them an edge. For lifeguards or anything that involves children, this is a must. Someone seeking a gig babysitting could put a parent’s mind at ease knowing he or she has CPR knowledge. Even for volunteer work – at a nursing home, for example – this is a skill that can come in handy.

Real-life examples

It’s easy to say why it is important for people to learn CPR, but the message really hits home when you see the results. Here are just a few recent examples:

High school senior saves stranger’s life on New York City street

Just a couple weeks after learning CPR at his high school – which is mandatory in New York –

Anthony Rosa Conpres saved the life of a man who collapsed on a street in the Bronx.

Lacrosse player uses CPR to save the life of his teammate

When Colby Clay collapsed after being hit in the chest with a lacrosse ball during practice at his high school in Beaverton, Oregon, teammate Ben Wu’s CPR skills saved his life.

Senior saves senior: High school student uses CPR on an elderly man

High school senior Alex Cowie was working at the Action Fitness Gym in Hillsboro, Missouri, when she saw an older man suddenly collapse. Using the CPR skills she learned in school, she helped save the man’s life. Since CPR training became a requirement in Missouri high schools, this was the third time a student has used CPR to save a life in Hillsboro.

Don’t wait until Florida makes it mandatory in schools

If you’re a student, a parent of a student, or an educator, you should know that regardless of the state laws, CPR training is useful for everyone. At One Beat CPR + AED, our classes are taught by first responders with years of experience. Plus, we can bring the training to you. For more information, please get in touch.

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Alarming trends on the lack of lifesaving training in the workplace

What would happen if one of your employees needed First Aid? How would your employees react if a co-worker showed signs of a heart attack or worse, went into a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Would they be able to give CPR?

Two recent surveys by the American Heart Association (AHA) suggest that most employees don’t know how to handle a cardiac emergency and have no training in First Aid, CPR or AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

The findings led the AHA to launch a new campaign in 2017 to promote awareness of the problem and encourage employers to provide training in these vital skills.

“Such training has the potential to save thousands of lives, considering there are 10,000 cardiac arrests in the workplace annually,” reports Facility Executive.

Key findings in the American Heart Association survey

The AHA survey included over 3,000 employees in a variety of fields, including corporate offices, hospitality, schools, industry/labor, and 1,000 safety managers in industries that are regulated by OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration). Among the findings:

  • More than half (55%) cannot get First Aid or CPR+AED training from their employer. And when employers do offer this training, it’s often either one or the other.
  • Half of all U.S. workers cannot locate the AED at work. In the hospitality industry, that number rises to two-thirds (66%).

Safety managers and OSHA-regulated industries are pushing to have employees offer more frequent training to better prepare their workers to handle emergencies.

“The data suggests these untrained employees may be relying on their untrained peers in the event of an emergency, leaving employees with a false sense of security,” according to the American Heart Association.

How First Aid, CPR, and AEDs save lives

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) is designed to help save lives when someone has stopped breathing or their heart has stopped. It combines breathing into the mouth and chest compressions to keep oxygenated blood flowing to the brain and other organs until help arrives. “CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest,” according to the American Heart Association.

An AED is a device used to help anyone who may be experiencing cardiac arrest (the heart stops beating) or loses its normal rhythm. An AED is “a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use medical device that can analyze the heart’s rhythm and, if necessary, deliver an electrical shock, or defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.”

Training employees how to perform CPR or use AEDs is critical because it can – and does – save lives.

According to an OSHA survey…

  • 33% said lives have been saved at home and at the workplace as a result of First Aid, CPR, and AED training provided at work
  • 78% said injuries or medical conditions have been treated in the workplace with this training
  • 73% consider First Aid/CPR/AED training as equally important as other safety training

Sadly, when training is offered in the workplace, it’s often done in response to an incident. By then, it may be too late for someone. The study also showed that younger workers are also less likely to take part in training, which may be due to the mistaken belief that they are at decreased risk. Still, it’s important for workers of all ages to be trained in these techniques since anyone might be called upon to save a life.

Join the movement to provide First Aid, CPR and AED training to your employees. Find out more about the different training options that are available from One Beat CPR + AED.

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It Makes Sense at the Office, But Should You Have an AED in Your Home?

Learn how this device could save a loved one or even yourself

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently released the latest statistics on out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA), and the numbers are troubling. According to the AHA, more than 356,000 people experience OHCA every year, and about 90 percent of them don’t survive. And the vast majority of these instances – almost 70 percent – take place in a person’s home.

How can the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) victims be improved?

One of the key ways to help an SCA victim is by administering CPR and deploying an automated external defibrillator (AED) immediately. Those AHA numbers reveal that the survival rate for people whose heart stopped in a public place is almost 40 percent, and this is almost certainly related to two factors.

First, with the possibility of many people in the area, there is a good chance that at least someone is familiar with CPR. Second, these days, many public places – like offices and airports – have automated external defibrillators on hand. Conversely, the survival rate for someone experiencing SCA at home is less than 28 percent.

The benefits of an AED in your home

AEDs save thousands of lives each year. If there were better access to them even more people could be saved. Research from a recent study found that when a bystander used an AED on an SCA victim, their survival rate increased substantially (66.5 percent versus 43 percent).

AEDs are extremely easy to use

An AED works by analyzing the rhythms of the heart through electrodes. If the rhythms aren’t normal, it sends an electric charge to the heart, which will ideally return the heartbeat to its regular pattern. This may sound kind of complicated, but all AEDs are simple to use. You just put the electrodes on the person, follow the instructions, and the machine takes over.

Training is helpful, but it’s not absolutely necessary

Because AEDs are so user-friendly, you don’t necessarily need training. Unfortunately, many people who have never used an AED often hesitate to do so because of this lack of education. Fortunately, many CPR classes now offer AED instruction, which can help people be more confident and willing to take action in an emergency.

Who should consider adding an AED to their home?

The scary part of SCA is that it is often the first sign of a heart problem, which means someone may not have shown any symptoms beforehand. And while the easy answer to this AED question is “everyone,” there are certain people who should strongly consider getting one, including:

Those with heart conditions

If someone has been diagnosed with certain congenital heart defects, heart disease, or is at risk for heart issues, an AED is strongly advised.

Senior citizens

The average age of someone who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest is 60, so older people can most benefit from having an AED in their home.

Households with at least two people

Clearly, if you are unconscious, you won’t be able to use an AED on yourself, so you will need to get help from someone else in the home.

Want to learn more about AEDs?

At One Beat CPR, our CPR classes include AEDs, so you will get hands-on training in how to use one. Plus, we sell AEDs and can help you figure out which one is right for you. To get more information about everything we offer, feel free to contact us.