Using digital CPR systems to increase survival and improve lay person training
Measure to Improve
Everyone has the same training
Measure performance and track CPR
CPR has been a staple of national and international emergency medicine for several decades. Countries have spent billions of dollars encouraging CPR training, much of it mandated by government requirements. Yet, despite decades of effort to train citizens (lay responders) and medical professionals, CPR remains largely an inconsistent and inefficient tool. Survival rates have ranged consistently in the ten percent (10%) or less category for survival. The survival rate has not changed significantly since the establishment of CPR by the National Science Foundation in 1966.
Without an ability to accurately measure performance and track CPR data during training, and to deliver this data to professionals, they cannot adjust that training and thereby increase its effectiveness. The CPR Mirror, a product in development by Arthur Jackson CTC will create a digital pathway from training to end of treatment to accurately evaluate CPRs impact on patient outcomes, and the cost effectiveness of training methods. For the first time society can look at the results of thousands of hours and billions of dollars spent each year on CPR training and start to determine what works and what doesn’t.
In short, the CPR Mirror will allow first responders and trainers to track their actions and adjust the training protocol for best patient outcomes, to save lives.
Why is it important?
Setting a uniform standard has been hampered by the lack of measurable data on training procedures and field performance, which results in an inability to understand the potential harm caused by inadequate training patient outcomes and cost. With CPR Mirror, trainers, clinicians and emergency personnel around the globe will for the first time have:
The cost-effective method of validating their training. Medical researchers will have a tool to determine the true effect of CPR on patient outcomes. They also will have a digital pathway from first patient contact to patient release to accurately determine CPR training impact.
A method that will allow doctors to collect digital data on a rescuer’s application of CPR as part of the real-time patient treatment.
A method for Companies required to have CPR trained personnel on site to have a digital record of the rescuer’s CPR training performance, with the actual data in CSV format for review.
A digital record of what they were trained to do and how they did it. Knowing what they were trained to do and how they applied it will allow clinicians complete information on what was done to the patient prior to arrival at the hospital.
And agencies such as OSHA will be able to understand just what the millions of dollars spent each year are paying for with a detailed digital report card on each student.
About the Author:
Arthur is a retired attorney and engineer, who has taught college courses for over a decade in the United States. He has been a college chair, and campus dean, and served on a number of advisory committees ranging from mental health to Washington State advisory Business Diversity advisory Group. He is a certified instructor trainer with the Heath and Safety Institute, Medic First Aid, American Safety and Health Institute, and The National Association of Search and Rescue (a national organization that provides training to police, and law enforcement).