We have received questions of whether EMS Safety requires the use of instrumented directive feedback devices or manikins for CPR courses – these concerns stem from a requirement that the American Heart Association placed on its instructors in 2019. These CPR feedback devices or manikins provide audio and/or visual feedback for the rate and depth of compressions while training to improve student performance.
In short, EMS Safety does not require the use of CPR feedback devices or manikins at this time. However, if the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) or Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update (ECCU) move to make feedback devices or manikins a requirement, EMS Safety will follow suit.
Although we do not currently require CPR feedback devices or manikins, we highly recommend them as they can increase student learning and overall retention. Here are 5 CPR feedback device products that can improve student performance.
Practi-CRdM Compression Rate and Depth Monitor
The Practi-CRdM Compression Rate and Depth Monitor measures compression rate and depth while being worn on the student’s wrist while performing compressions. It can be used with any training manikin and fits any size wrist, making it an affordable alternative to upgrading your existing manikins.
The Brayden CPR manikin allows students to see the real point of CPR – getting the blood flowing to the brain and other vital organs. It has three sets of indicating lights that represent blood flow and provide instant feedback related to the depth, rate and quality of compressions. Click here to learn more about the Brayden manikin.