Feedback devices now required in adult CPR training courses


As of 31st January 2019, the American Heart Association (AHA) will require the use of an instrumented feedback device or manikin in all AHA adult CPR training courses. This means that there needs to be a device or manikin that provides either audio or visual feedback (or both) on the rate and depth of compressions during CPR.

This new requirement will impact a range of courses internationally. AHA Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), ACLS for Experienced Providers, and Heartsaver® Courses will all be affected.

Why the change?

The new requirement is to improve the quality of CPR taught in all AHA courses. The feedback device will ensure:

  • Chest compressions are of an adequate rate: between 100 – 120 compressions per minute
  • Chest compressions are of an adequate depth: between 2 – 2.4 inches (5 – 6 cms)
  • That full chest recoil is allowed during compressions

The above criteria are used to define high quality CPR for patients aged eight and above. With audio or visual feedback throughout the learning process, students will be able to get a better idea of how to properly administer CPR in an emergency.

Want to learn more about how you can help someone in cardiac arrest? Read our blog, ‘how to perform CPR.

Hands-on CPR

AHA Standards

At Cardiac Science, we know that administering CPR to AHA standards under stressful situations can be difficult even more so if you’ve never done it before. That’s why our Powerheart® G5 AED can be equipped with a Intellisense™ CPR Feedback Device to ensure you always deliver the best quality CPR when it matters.

The ICPR Feedback Device uses Cardiac Science’s proprietary algorithm that when placed on the chest, monitors the CPR compressions being administered. If the compressions don’t comply with the 2015 AHA / ERC guidelines, the AED will provide corrective audio and text -prompts to help the rescuer refine their technique and provide the best possible CPR.

Always FDA-approved

As an added benefit, all Cardiac Science defibrillators are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration before they enter the market. This means they have passed extra safety, security and efficiency tests, to make sure they’re always rescue ready in an emergency.

Want to find out more about buying an FDA-approved Powerheart® G5 AED equipped with an ICPR system?

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