In 2015, the American Heart Association issued their new guidelines, which included updates for CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care) training courses. Every few years, they will make changes to support new techniques and equipment that prove to increase a victims’ chances of survival during sudden cardiac arrest or an emergency response system. Their goal at AHA is to continually analyze, reassess, and improve the quality of care during resuscitation.
By January 31, 2019, the American Heart Association will require instruments and training devices that provide voice directed, specific, and real-time coaching feedback for students and instructors. The AHA has given their certified instructors at least 18 month’s lead time for budgetary issues and limitations. They believed that this should give most of them enough time to update their equipment to remain compliant.
As of today, statistics show that approximately 90% of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims will not survive. Their event needs to be witnessed by bystanders, or they need to be found within seconds of collapsing and going unconscious. High-quality CPR at a rate of 100-120 chest compressions per minute must be started immediately to keep oxygenated blood flowing to their brain. However, when someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest, the only thing that will set their heart back into a normal rhythm is the shock from a defibrillator. CPR must be used in tandem with an AED to improve chances of survival exponentially.
Based on scientific data, there was overwhelming evidence proving that training devices and Automated External Defibrillators with coaching feedback, gives students a better understanding of what “high quality CPR” really feels like. It will coach them on rate, depth and recoil of each chest compressions. When bystanders are thrown into an emergency situation, it is easy to get confused and distracted. AEDs with CPR coaching features will lead them through the first steps of the emergency response system. This will give the bystander more confidence and reassurance, and will in turn encourage them to continue CPR until paramedics arrive.
CPR saves lives!! At AED.us we are committed to spreading awareness and teaching everyone we meet! The devices we sell, carry in our cars, and keep on-hand in our homes have CPR coaching features. We understand the value of performing CPR skills correctly and we feel strongly that AHA’s new regulations will start increasing cardiac arrest survival rates by 2020.
You can read about the American Heart Association Guidelines here.
- AHA. “American Heart Association.” https://www.heart.org/en. 13 April 2018.
Written by Blaire Czarniecki
Customer Service Director
Fact checked by Phillip Woods, BA, NREMT-P, FP-C
Blaire attended the University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology- Child and Family Studies. She has been in the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) industry for over eight years and is the Director of Customer Service for Coro Medical. Blaire is also an American Red Cross-certified CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor, highly trained by each manufacturer on their specific AEDs, and knowledgeable regarding ALL State AED regulations and legislation.
“I know that every day I come to work, I am playing a part in saving someone’s life. I am passionate about these devices and am always looking for new and innovative ways to spread awareness and knowledge about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA). I look forward to the day when everywhere I go, I will see an AED—when SCA will no longer take any lives.”
Last updated April 13, 2018