Biggest Basic Life Support change in ERC guidelines 2015: the role of the emergency response communication centre


Not much has changed for Basic Life support in the new ERC 2015 guidelines. But small changes can make a big difference for a person’s life. So today at the ERC congress in Prague, one of the main subjects was about the role of the Emergency Response communication Centre.

A fast response and early CPR increase patients survival chances and therefor the bystander CPR has a huge lifesaving potential. In Europe, there are major differences in the way people act when they find a person lying on the ground and presumably dead. Not everyone is used to consider the possibility the victim might survive when CPR is started fast.

It all starts with recognising abnormal breathing. Any person that is unconscious and not breathing normally, is in direct need of CPR. As soon as the abnormal breathing is diagnosed, emergency services should be called to make sure professional help is on its way.  A lay person should get it’s instructions from the emergency dispatcher. How to get the bystander to perform good CPR?


New 2015 CPR guidelines, what are matching BLS products?

With the changes of the CPR guidelines that have been published in October, the European Resuscitation Council emphasises the importance of feedback during training. Quality improvements in Basic Life Support training can be accomplished by training with an advanced manikin with feedback. In real life situations, an AED with extensive guidance and feedback is recommended.

What products meet up to these recommendations?

For the manikins, the more feedback the better. Good measurement and feedback will benefit the fine-tuning of the students skills. Currently, one of the best adult manikins in terms of feedback possibilities is the Laerdal Resusci Anne QCPR (combined with a Skillguide or even better with the Simpad Skillreporter). If you have a small budget but still want the look and feel of an advanced manikin, the Ambu Man I or W can be a smart choices. Of all the basic manikins under €250,-, the Prestan manikin scores best on feedback. Ambu Uniman Sam and Laerdal Little Anne have basic measurement. For paediatric CPR instructions with feedback you need the Laerdal Resusci Baby QCPR or the basic Prestan Baby.

There are a number of AED’s that have feedback build in. The Heartsine Samaritan PAD 500P, Cardiac Science Powerheart G5 and Zoll AED Plus measure the depth of the chest compressions and suggest improvements during the CPR process. Adapted audio and visual instructions help improve the patients survival chances by instructions to improve chest compressions. If you want extended CPR guidance, but you are not interested in feedback, then the Philips public AED’s are among the best. These AED’s have an information button that can be pressed if the rescuer needs more instructions. If he does not need it, the Philips Heartstart HS-1 and FRx AEDs are quiet and leave you concentrated on lifesaving.

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