When we’re trying to learn a new skill, whether it’s learning to play the guitar, writing an essay, or performing CPR, the immediacy of the feedback we receive is a critical factor affecting how quickly we improve our skills.
If, over time, we continually perform an action incorrectly, it becomes more entrenched in our memory – and more difficult to correct at a later time. Imagine a golfer with a swing that consistently produces a hook. If after several years she attempts fix her swing, it will be an uphill battle in comparison to addressing the problem the moment the hook first emerged.
The same logic applies to CPR training.
As a leader in the development of medical education workshops, Iridia Medical understands the importance of immediate feedback when learning CPR. That’s why, earlier this year, we introduced a cutting-edge, new manikin called the Ambu SmartMan in our educational workshops.
The Ambu SmartMan is an award-winning, innovative training tool that helps healthcare providers improve their CPR and Bag-Mask Ventilation skills. It connects via USB to a computer and provides real-time visual feedback results while students are performing CPR.
The feedback provided assesses performance quality according to:
- Compression depth and ration
- Chest recoil during compressions
- Frequency of ventilations
- Volume of air and ration of air delivery during compressions
Colour-coded bars depict the quality of each compression and ventilation that is being performed on the manikin. For example, red bars indicate that chest compressions are not deep enough; upon seeing this information in real-time, the student can quickly adjust her method to achieve the desired green colour.
Ambu SmartMan also allows for two students to practice a coordinated response to a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. If students are too slow to initiate CPR, or perform out of sync, the manikin will slowly show vital signs deteriorating.
Recently, in controlled tests, EMS magazine reported that with only one minute of the Ambu SmartMan feedback training, CPR providers were able to improve their CPR performance from a score of 20% to 80%.
When it comes to CPR, performing the steps quickly, calmly, and at a high level of competency can mean the difference between life and death. Ambu SmartMan offers an objective means to measure our CPR skills and competency and facilitates continual improvement of CPR skills.
As always, Iridia Medical is dedicated to providing the best equipment, instructors, content, and learning environment to its students.
We invite you to stop by the office and get your hands on the chest of the AmbuSmartman to see how it can improve your CPR skills!
For more information on the Ambu SmartMan or any of our upcoming education workshops, please contact us at 604-685-4747.