Iridia and London Drugs: Our First in Store Event for Heart Month

London Drugs AED CPR EventAs you may know, the month of February was Heart Month. Heart Month is an initiative from the Heart and Stroke Association focused on raising awareness for issues relating to the heart. This month is important to us and we wanted to find a unique way to raise awareness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). London Drugs  has been a long-term partner of ours and we came together to show people how easy it is to save a life if someone is suffering an SCA.

Do You Have a Minute to Save a Life?

The premise of our event was to focus on how simple it was to use a defibrillator and the importance of practicing CPR to ensure it is correctly applied. On February 27th, we set up a booth at the front of the Park Royal London Drugs location, in order to engage with shoppers. The booth featured the Chain of Survival, a process commonly used to describe the steps to take when someone suffers a SCA.

Chain of Survival 2015

The Chain of Survival features four steps important in saving a life. Early Access focuses on ensuring that emergency services are called immediately after the situation is witnessed. Following this, CPR must be applied, Early CPR is critical to increasing survival rates. During the event, we had the Ambu Smartman on site to demonstrate to people that high quality CPR was very important to saving someone’s life. We had many people try out the Smartman, with some scores as high as 80%!

The next step in the chain is Early Defibrillation, for this, we had a training Automated External Defibrillator with us and encouraged individuals to apply the AED only following the instructions. Many people found the AED to be easy to use and felt assured knowing it guides them through the entire process. Finally once you’ve applied the AED, emergency medical services will be there. The final step, Early Advanced Care ensures that professional assistance is on location as soon as possible.

A Successful Event at London Drugs

We spent about 4 hours at the booth in London Drugs and provided guidance to around 30-40 individuals. Everyone had different questions, most of which were related to how to provide effective CPR and AED use. We had a great time working together with London Drugs to make the event happen. The event was a great success and we look forward to hosting other activities in the future.

 

Immediate Feedback = CPR Success

Ambu Smartman CPR

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

Ambu Smartman CPR Demo

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.

Ambu Smartman CPR Demo

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.

 

CPR Feedback, a Key to Success

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is a difficult skill to perfect, but with training, teamwork and feedback, first responders can sustain high-quality CPR for extended periods of time. Real-time feedback is especially important in guiding first responders’ movements and timing over long sessions of CPR – often leading to the best outcomes. Currently, there are a handful of devices on the market that can monitor CPR feedback in real-time, such as the Ambu Smartman.

Today we are going to show you what excellent CPR feedback looks like using real feedback obtained through an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) download with a Zoll Pad.

A few notes:

  • CPR was performed for 14:58 minutes
    • During this time, the patient went without CPR for 46 seconds, attributed to rhythm interpretation
    • Every two minutes, someone new performed CPR
    • Time until first compression was 12 seconds

Compression Depth

Guidelines state that a compression depth of at least 5 cm or 2 inches is optimal. Below we can see this “optimal zone” represented by the green bar. In this case, the average depth was 2.43 inches with 94.47 percent accuracy.

cpr feedback

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Compression Rate

Guidelines state that a compression rate of at least 100/min is optimal. Again, the optimal rate is represented by the green bar. This feedback shows an average rate of 109 compressions per minute with 94.77 percent accuracy.

cpr feedback

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Minute by Minute Breakdown

cpr feedback

It’s really amazing that multiple individuals (swapping every two minutes) were able to perform CPR with such precision. This feedback shows us that although accurate CPR can be difficult to achieve, with real-time feedback, first responders have the tools needed for the best possible outcomes – and yes, the case above had a positive outcome.

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