How a brief video training can improve CPR skillsHands only CPR- kiss of life not required

A new research has shown that providing CPR training through such public kiosks can minimize the fatalities involved during emergency cardiac arrest. This conclusion was reached at by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona. They carried a study which was based on one AHA Hands Only CPR training kiosk which the team installed at the Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport sometime this year. As far as hands only CPR is concerned, the bystander isn’t required to give a kiss of life. Most emergency health practitioners say that this can put off some people who could be prepared to give resuscitation and might end up not helping the patient.
Experts strongly believe that if the ambulances come quickly, more lives can be saved if people are just instructed to push hard and push fast. This is in fact the main idea behind new guidelines that the AHA released in 2010 where the much simpler compression- only CPR or hands only CPR was permitted to be used in certain cases rather than the conventional CPR. But the truth of the matter is that hands only CPR might not be the most perfect approach to use in remote or rural areas where people have to wait for a considerably long time for the ambulance to arrive.

Training kiosk for hands only CPR

Upon touching the video screen of the training kiosk at the Dallas airport, you will get a brief introduction of steps involved while doing hands only CPR. Then, one has a short dummy practice and then takes 30 second test on CPR. The kiosk will inform you as to how well you practiced the CPR, i.e. the rate and depth of the compressions and if you hand placed the hands correctly. The team had recruited just less than 100 people for the study who had no previous experience or training in CPR. They were divided into two groups. The first group was taking through a CPR training session for one minute while the second group did nothing and just sat for 1 minute.
Those who participated in the study were then taken to another private area where they were provided with a mannequin that stimulated a sudden collapse. They were then asked to do exactly what they thought was best. According to the findings of the researchers, participants who first watched the CPR training video had a high likelihood of calling 911 and they started the chest compressions sooner and had a decreased interval of hands off and an increased rate of chest compression. Considering that the training was just a short length one, the findings strongly suggest that a brief video training might have a great potential of improving CPR skills of bystanders.