Digital technology is revolutionizing how emergency rescue training is delivered to non-professionals around the country. And if the year’s challenges have taught us anything, it’s that the need for such change has never been greater. During a pandemic when social distancing is encouraged, traditional emergency rescue training techniques can increase health risk for all participating parties. This is because these techniques require a necessary degree of interpersonal contact: between trainer and trainees, as well as between trainees themselves.
Thankfully, Computer-aided rescue (CAR) solutions are emerging as a viable means of training staff and treating victims when close physical proximity is not recommended. Emergency healthcare is changing, and it’s up to facility managers such as yourself to spearhead the adoption of these exciting treatment technologies to better prepare your staff for emergencies.
What does computer-aided rescue training involve?
Training, at its core, is a process of knowledge transfer from one person to another. Computer technology can facilitate this in a number of ways, but the most common involve video training content and interactive mobile applications.
Video communication means emergency preparedness training sessions can be done in a remote environment with a live instructor. All that’s needed is an internet connection and a working knowledge of the video platform on which the training will be taking place, such as Zoom or Skype.
The American Red Cross, for example, is currently hosting Citizen Preparedness Corps Training sessions on Zoom. These emergency preparedness training sessions are free and give “a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters and how to respond to and recover from them.”
How can computer-aided rescue help in an emergency situation?
It’s important to remember that computer-aided rescue spans both training and the application of that training in an emergency situation. For instance, mobile apps can help bystanders offer the best-possible care to someone suffering from sudden cardiac arrest. Such apps guide the user in a clear step-by-step process to improve the chance of survival while awaiting emergency services. They can also ask for key information about the patient that can then be sent to the response team, so they’re equipped with the information to provide life-saving care immediately when they arrive.
So is computer-aided rescue right for your facility? The short answer is: yes.
As a facility manager, you should have the tools and technology at your disposal to ensure your staff is prepared for emergency situations. And when you combine computer-aided rescue training with correct maintenance of emergency medical equipment, you’ve got a solid foundation to ensure the best-possible outcome when disaster strikes and an employee’s life is on the line.
The future of CPR and emergency rescue training
Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are two computer-aided rescue tools that can benefit many sectors, including emergency rescue training healthcare and CPR treatment.
In a randomized clinical trial, JAMA Cardiology sought to answer the question: Does virtual reality (VR) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training result in CPR quality and performance comparable with face-to-face training?
To answer the question, researchers conducted a randomized non-inferiority trial with 381 individuals. As stated in Cardiovascular Business’s analysis of the study, the VR group demonstrated non-inferior chest compression rates compared to the face-to-face group. Specifically, 114 compressions per minute for the VR group and 109 compressions per minute for their face-to-face counterparts. However, face-to-face participants achieved better chest compression depth and higher overall CPR performance scores. Quoted in the same article, the authors of the study said:
“This study confirms the potential of brief face-to-face training to achieve adequate CPR skills and provides valuable input for further development of VR training. Although VR may lead to more widely disseminated CPR training, this study suggests that it should be developed further to achieve CPR skills comparable with those acquired by face-to-face training, particularly in terms of compression depth.”
While the technology may not quite be there, it’s an exciting indication of what CPR training could look like in the future.
The Mobilize Rescue App
In an emergency situation, time is of the essence. But what happens when an emergency occurs and a trained individual is not immediately available, or the en-route EMS team is taking longer than expected?
In situations such as these, computer-aided rescue solutions like the Mobilize Rescue App prove their worth. ZOLL’s real-time instructional app helps untrained bystanders assess, manage, and treat victims in emergency situations, including severe bleeding, allergic reaction, chest trauma, or cardiac arrest. The step-by-step directions are delivered as simple interactive prompts, written instructions, and visual cues, which guide rescuers on how to use the medical supplies in each Mobilize Rescue System kit to provide care during a medical emergency.
ZOLL’s Mobilize Rescue Systems provide lay rescuers with equipment and guidance to help save lives. Each innovative system contains medical and trauma supplies and comes paired with the Mobilize Rescue App. The step-by-step directions provided by the intuitive app help untrained bystanders to assess and manage medical emergencies while emergency professionals are en route with a variety of options to choose from.
Maintenance technology for emergency equipment
There are many ways to prepare your facility for an emergency, and one of the most critical measures is maintaining your on-site equipment, such as AEDs. Having medical equipment that’s well-maintained and in working order is just as important as having trained staff to use it for emergencies.
PlusTrac™ is the world’s leading AED program management solution. This innovative solution makes it easy to keep your AEDs inspected and maintained, your consumables up to date, and your volunteer responders trained. Our PlusLearning™ national network of experienced, certified trainers are also ready to provide AED, CPR, and first aid training both online and in small, personalized classes.
With the Mobilize Rescue App and up-to-date, well-maintained emergency medical equipment courtesy of PlusTrac™, facility managers can rest assured they’ve put the necessary measures in place for staff and visitor safety.