SMRT Indiana Ready Now For New 2019 AHA Training Equipments Standards

SMRT Indiana is proud to announce that our training equipment already meets and exceeds new requirements set forward by the American Heart Association set for January 31, 2019. As technology and training strategies continue to evolve SMRT Indiana remains committed to staying at the forefront. See the official announcement below.

"By January 31, 2019, the AHA will require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device or manikin in all AHA courses that teach the skills of adult CPR. Specifically, an instrumented directive feedback device or manikin is one that, at a minimum, provides audio or visual (or both) feedback on the rate and depth of compressions during CPR training. This requirement will impact AHA Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), ACLS for Experienced Providers, and Heartsaver® Courses taught in the US and internationally."

"In the future, as more devices become available for child and infant CPR, the AHA will also require the use of feedback devices in courses that teach the skills of child and infant CPR."

Science Supporting this Requirement*
"The 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC highlighted research showing the benefit of feedback devices that provide learners with real-time, audio-visual corrective feedback on aspects such as chest compression rate, depth, and recoil."

"As stated in the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC, “Unfortunately, inadequate performance of CPR is common yet challenging for providers and instructors to detect, thereby making it difficult to appropriately focus feedback and improve future performance. Technology could theoretically help address this problem by assessing CPR performance and providing feedback.”

"Studies have also shown that feedback devices help students achieve mastery of critical CPR skills and shorten the time to demonstration of competence."