TECHNOLOGY APPLIED IN FIRST AID

Posted by: Ian Latham Comments: 0

Not all PowerPoint!! In fact, very little. We use  videos which gives a graphic realistic approach to the situation , where in real terms may not be able to replicate in the classroom.

When we run scenarios, then the use of the video camera may be of great use to give immediate feedback to the student, when we play it back, this then allows the student to see what other options were available or could of used.

When in scenario mode, sometimes in the very early stages of training can be difficult to have a broader view on what’s happening. This I believe is only gained with experience, with the use of playback can rapidly improve this vision. It also captures some amazing stuff too that the delegates can do, stuff that they would not before would of stated, but instinctively and subconsciously achieved.

 

We use VR headsets !! in conjunction with the students’ phones, this places the student in a realistic situation 360⁰ and even looking at further developing this currently

The use of aminated videos is an excellent way to be able to visually explain, where it would be difficult for the student to visualise this is a saved video of what happens to the body during CPR.

The video can be watched on the Galleries page. Great learning tool, also fascinating too!

 

An Interesting development to assist the trainers is the introduction of Bluetooth. This enables the trainer to direct the student in perfection of their CPR skills. Whereas before quite difficult to be able to assess if the student is compressions the chest deep enough, achieving a full recoil of the chest, and to see if the student is achieving adequate ventilations of the patient’s chest, not only effective ventilations but not blowing to hard (as this can cause damage to your patients’ lungs).

It also gives the student a score, if the student has over 75% then it’s likely the patient would have received good quality CPR.

The way this works is via Bluetooth from a device connected to the CPR manakin to an app.

To encourage competition it has a race mode to get to the finish line the ambulances only move when the correction CPR been achieved this is great as everyone is competitive

 

A great saying “ you can’t improve that what you cannot measure”

Even we a company now offer our trained students a weekly video sent to them on a first aid subject which is an ideal refreshing tool where they can save these videos and play them back to refresh their skills.

In previous first aid courses and maybe some delivered today each student receives a first aid manual (as soon as the manual is printed it is quite possibly out of date).

The issue is this manual is a little to big to carry with you. We offer a digital handbook where the student is able to access their first aid manual on their phone.

Also, if any changes to any of the first aid protocols this is easily updated and amended

 

A Final note is that defibrillators are a great us of technology in the analysing the heart rhythm of the non breathing Patient. A patient that is in a Cardiac Arrest  analysing the heart rhythm to see if it is in a shockable rhythm.

What about if the patient is in a remote area? getting a ambulance to them……

So even use of the recent technology of the use of Drones getting the defibrillator to the at patient via drone .. Brilliant this saved a 71 year old male in Sweden..

This is how first aid has embraced the use of technology this not only enhances the training experience, but it used to assist the trainer in guiding the student to achieve perfection.

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