Make Way, Here’s the Future of CPR

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) has always demanded the utmost skill and accuracy from first responders. Unfortunately, without intensive training and re-certification, CPR skills can deteriorate over time – even in as little as six months (learn more about CPR Retention).

For this reason, Iridia Medical has partnered with Physio-Control to help distribute their innovative TrueCPR coaching device to Canadian first responders.

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TrueCPR

In simple terms, TrueCPR is a portable device that measures CPR quality on the fly. TrueCPR is able to take the guesswork out of CPR by providing real-time feedback to healthcare professionals – leading to better outcomes.  

From Physio-Control:

“The best outcomes demand the best CPR. Simple enough to say, but in the heat of a cardiac resuscitation, accurately assessing CPR performance—even knowing your true chest compression depth, rate and recoil—can be anything but easy. And in your world, the constant drive for performance improvement makes the challenge of measuring CPR quality more critical than ever.”

TrueCPR differs from other devices in two important areas: TrueCPR works in conjunction with any brand defibrillator and it measures sternal-spinal displacement using three-dimensional magnetic fields.

During an Event

Once the device has been placed on the chest, it immediately begins to analyze, measure and benchmark the quality of CPR delivered – establishing a feedback loop for response teams.

TrueCPR

During chest compressions TrueCPR shows you exactly what you are doing right and where you need improvement. Compression depth, rate and recoil are displayed in real time on a highly visible dial on the patient’s chest. In addition, a CPR metronome and ventilation prompts guide responders to provide CPR per recommended rates.

After an Event

After CPR has been performed, statistics such as average rate, percentage of compressions at the correct depth and recoil, hands-on time and total event time are displayed and provide a snapshot of event performance.

TrueCPR

Up to 180 minutes of CPR information can be assessed, which will allow reviewers to evaluate overall performance and establish feedback loop for continuous CPR improvement.

Iridia believes TrueCPR will give healthcare professionals the tool they need to deliver the best possible CPR and the continued feedback necessary to retain their CPR skills.

We are very interested in TrueCPR feedback from healthcare professionals such as fire rescue personnel, physicians, paramedics, nurses, life-guards and other first responders. If you would like to test this device out for yourself, we invite you to stop by our office in Vancouver. For more information, please contact us.

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Iridia Founder Dr. Allan Holmes giving TrueCPR a test drive.

Learn more about TrueCPR

 

CPR and First Aid Retention + CPR quiz results

In an ideal world it would be advantageous to have widespread CPR training for the whole country. Such a program would save many lives each year in Canada. Unfortunately at the moment it is unknown just how long trained rescuers in CPR remember the course information. Some recent literature indicates that many necessary skills of CPR and first aid are forgotten shortly after certification in laypersons. 

 A recent investigation by WorkSafe BC set out to determine CPR retention rates and made some key findings:

  • Many skills deteriorate rapidly over the course of the first 90 days.
  • Repetition (the number of times trained/certified in First Aid or CPR) may be more important to skill retention than the length of time since the last training.
  • A number of skills were performed poorly regardless of how much time had passed since the last training.
  • Simple and cost effective updating strategies for first aid and CPR are needed to reduce the rate of knowledge and skill deterioration.

WorkSafe’s conclusions suggest that it may be more important to have repeated refresher courses about every 90 days. Individuals who had renewed their certificate more than once managed to score higher on their exams.  Repetition seems to be the key to continuing CPR education.

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CPR quiz

Recently Iridia created a CPR quiz. We wanted to highlight the importance of knowing how to perform CPR correctly. We asked ten basic CPR questions that anyone trained in CPR should be able to answer correctly. 

Here are the questions for those of you who did not complete the quiz.

1. What does CPR stand for?
2. CPR can be performed with chest compressions only.
3. Sudden Cardiac Arrest affects up to _____ Canadians each year. 
4. The Heart and Stroke Foundations recommended optimum  chain of survival is:
5. When performing CPR, the ratio of chest compressions to artificial respiration is:
6. When performing CPR on adults, the rate of compressions should be at least _____ per minute.
7. When performing CPR on adults, the compression depth should be at least _____ centimetres.
8. It is not recommended to perform CPR on children aged 6 and under.
9. As many as 85% of all Cardiac Arrests occur outside of a hospital. 
10. Every minute of delay in CPR reduces the chances of survival by _____ percent.

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The results of the quiz so far are not surprising, given the retention of CPR knowledge and lack of widespread training. The first graph charts the correct attempts for each question, while the second shows the quiz scores for each percentile.

With such a small sample of individuals who may or may not have CPR training it is impossible to make any strong conclusions; other than an average of 67% could be greatly improved.


If you would like to complete the quiz please follow this link:
http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=whats-your-cpr-iq