As a manager who’s in charge of mitigating risk across your company, you’re well aware of the need for CPR and AED training. And, did you know that since February 2020, sudden cardiac arrests (SCAs) have increased globally? Studies link cardiac damage to COVID-19 and show that one in three people with the virus experienced heart disease. In fact, 60% of patients with COVID-19 had myocarditis or inflammation, while 78% showed heart abnormalities.
Effective education is important in improving survival outcomes in cases of cardiac arrest. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), evidence-based instructional design is essential to improve provider performance and patient outcomes. However, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you must approach your current role with extra precaution. In view of the increased risks of infection transmission, it helps to have options for CPR and AED training.
While in-person training has been the traditional route, viable training alternatives have emerged. Let’s review how tactics like virtual reality (VR) and gamified learning are being recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA), and how alternative training options can help your workplace.
Updated Guidelines from the AHA
The American Heart Association (AHA) has provided updated guidelines for Dispatcher-Assisted Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DA-CPR) in their 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC. This year, the AHA included virtual reality (VR) and gamified learning as recommended resuscitation training tactics for laypersons and healthcare providers. According to the AHA, some studies have demonstrated positive learning outcomes—including knowledge and retention and CPR skills—with these methods.
Additionally, according to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, augmented reality (AR) has the potential to offer a novel educational approach to CPR training that can supplement conventional, in-person training. The study found that as AR becomes more popular in the healthcare setting, integration in CPR training also offers a promising training approach.
While in-person training isn’t going anywhere in the long-term, alternative training options like VR, AR and gamified learning can serve as viable training options that can augment—or even improve—existing training programs for now. During COVID-19 and other situations that put temporary strains on in-person events, hybrid and virtual training programs are safe, effective training methods that can produce good results with proper implementation and feedback.
Flexible Education and Training Options
It’s understandable that you and your staff may be cautious about the potential for infection transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic for in person training. As reviewed, the heightened risk of heart conditions—including SCA—for those who have recovered from the virus makes it important to ensure that AEDs are available in workplaces and that employees are trained to use them.
Flexible education and training options can help risk managers to increase the safety of their workplaces, even in the midst of a global pandemic. PlusLearning™ is the education and training component of ZOLL Medical's Rescue Ready® Services that coordinates AED/CPR/First Aid class schedules and certifications. You can choose from learning options to fit your needs:
- Traditional courses are delivered in-person by an instructor.
- Online courses can be accessed anywhere, at any time, and are great for companies that have temporary or full-time remote employees.
- Blended courses are a self-paced option that can be taken at any time of the day via an online portal. Once courses are completed, an instructor will visit your location in-person to verify knowledge.
No matter the needs of your organization, PlusLearning™ delivers a number of AED training services when and where you need them. Click here to request more information about PlusLearning™.