The American Heart Association is pilot testing a program to help healthcare providers maintain their CPR skills and save more lives. The training uses mobile simulation stations featuring manikins that act as both patient and coach.
Fewer than one in five patients who experience cardiac arrest — the abrupt loss of heart function — survive. The Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program, which is being tested at Dallas-based Texas Health Resources and was featured on news program KERA, gives users verbal feedback. For example, it will tell the user to compress faster or use his or her full body weight to correctly give compressions.
The AHA plans to implement the program in other hospitals over the next several months, with the official launch this summer.