This post was contributed by Megan Pope.
A few days ago, on February 2, Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog did not see his shadow. Per tradition: “There is no shadow to be cast! An early spring is my forecast!” Thanks to Phil’s prediction, beaches, pools, & sunscreen are hopefully only a few months away. Teenage adolescents will soon start thinking about graduating high-school and summer employment. One summer job many teens obtain, is the coveted position of lifeguard. However, lifeguards need more than a red swimsuit and a whistle to get started. Many certifications are required to be qualified, including first-aid and CPR. My own memories of CPR training for lifeguarding included being taught by a Red Cross certified instructor at a YMCA with a dozen other teens, all of us awkwardly practicing “saving” a dummy.
CPR training has changed modalities since I first became certified over a decade ago. A recent study was published in which Moodle was used to host a CPR training. The Brazilian study: “Using educational technology for CPR training: The development of an educational distance program through the Moodle platform” was conducted by Moreira, Santos, Garbe, Carmagnani, Salvador, & Carvalho and appeared in the November 2015 publication of the journal Resuscitation. Researchers designed a remote, self-paced training with materials which were “composed of multimedia features such as text, illustrations, animations, interactive activities and videos.”
Over 1000 people participated in the study, and researchers concluded “It is possible that the use of this technology for training professionals can be a useful strategy to be applied in large hospitals…this technology enables constant access to content, which may result in improved care for victims of cardiac arrest.”
Curiosity pulled my browser to RedCross.org. A quick peek at their offerings, and I found many classes (First Aid/CPR/AED) are currently presented as hybrid courses, involving both online and in-person segments. Perhaps the Brazilian study and Red Cross’s offerings are indicative of a new trend – medical training in the online format.
CPR training going digital isn’t the only change in the CPR world. According to the Wausau Daily Herald in Wisconsin, “A bill has been introduced in the Capitol that will incorporate basic, compression-only CPR training into the high school curriculum statewide. To date, 27 states have passed similar requirements.”
While traditions such as Groundhogs’ day have not changed, CPR training has. Sitting in front of a computer may be how many teens or medical professionals complete CPR training in the future.