Training staff on Voice-Assisted Manikins (VAMs) is an important way to ensure that standardized quality CPR is being learned. Customers often ask how their organizations 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. TriHealth (Cincinnati, OH) has developed a very successful HeartCode BLS Program that includes workarounds for staff with physical challenges. They also have developed guidelines for protecting learners from hurting themselves.
Here are some general tips for preventing injuries to staff members:
For Adult Compressions:
Use an aerobic wide-base stepper to elevate body over the VAM allowing the shoulders to be directly over the heel of the hands during compressions. Also:
For Adult Cycle CPR:
For Infant Compressions:
Get close to the Infant VAM and take a wide stance as if you were going to lift something heavy. The wide base provides additional support. Also:
For the Infant Cycle CPR:
Following two breaths, take the time to get close, widen your stance, and grab dominant hand/wrist to have strength of two arms, then begin compressions. This should only take 1-2 seconds.
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