According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the use of an instrumented directive feedback device will be required for all CPR training courses from Jan, 2019. This device will help in receiving audio-visual estimation, corrective instructions on chest compression rate, proper hand placement and depth.
The AHA’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS), ACLS for Experienced Providers and Heartsaver adult CPR training courses will be impacted by this new requirement.
According to the AHA volunteer and professor, senior associate dean for education innovation at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Information, PhD, MSN, Mary Elizabeth Mancini, “The American Heart Association trains more than 22 million people in CPR annually through its course offerings. Requiring a feedback device further solidifies its global leadership position in resuscitation science and CPR education training. Specific and targeted feedback is critical to students understanding and delivering high-quality CPR when faced with a cardiac emergency. Incorporating feedback devices into adult CPR courses improves the quality and consistency of CPR training, which increases the chance of a successful outcome when CPR is performed.”