Three Resuscitation Training Best Practices for Staff with Asthma or COPD

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

Our customers recognize the value in training staff on the Voice-Assisted Manikins to ensure that standardized quality CPR is being learned. They often ask how their organization can assist staff with physical limitations or challenges to be successful in the completion of BLS or ACLS Hands-On Sessions using Voice-Assisted Manikins (VAMs). TriHealth (Cincinnati, OH) has developed a very successful HeartCode BLS Program.

They have several staff with physical challenges that are required to maintain BLS certifications. Over the past few years they have worked to develop best practices to support staff to successfully complete Basic Life Support certification on the VAMs. Here are three resuscitation practice and certification tips for staff members who are challenged by chronic breathing issues, whether due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD):


  1. Align you practice with the learner’s own healthcare treatments. A key to prevent fatigue and to not exacerbate any respiratory distress is to have the employee use his/her inhaler 30 minutes prior to performing skills on the VAMs.
  2. Make an effort to balance physical demands in certification. Go back and forth between the Adult and Infant skills to allow recovery time from the high activity level required to complete the Adult VAM Hands-On Sessions.
  3. If stamina longevity is a chief concern, the learner may complete multiple short Hands-On Sessions instead of all at once.