Let’s be honest with each other.
It’s no secret that the average Canadian can't stand CPR training. We feel they’ve got a legitimate beef…
“Welcome to your CPR class. Please open your books. Follow my instructions word for word….
- Step 1: Do this and then do that.
- Step 2: Place one hand here, not there.
- Step 3: Assess yes or no, for 10 seconds
- Step 4: If YES, see step 4A. If NO, repeat step 2 three times, and refer to page 12.
- Step 5: Push this many times, not that many times. Breathe. Reposition, push X inches unless below 66 lbs...
- ...and don’t forget to pass the written test. Otherwise, you fail.”
- "Is it 15 or 30 chest compressions this year?”
- “Are we breathing into people these days, because Facebook told me not to.”
- “Do we pump first or breathe first this year?”
- “What if it's a kid?”
- “Why do they keep changing it?"
I hear these questions on a weekly basis, often with a well-justified tone of futility.
“People are disenfranchised and they hate CPR class, because they’re fed up with the ever changing minutia, which we as instructors sell you as Gospel. Sound familiar? – I’m willing to bet that it does.”
~ Kyle Mohler, Owner of LifeShield
Meet the Owner, Khryspn Jensen
Like many of you, I felt exactly the same way about CPR until I completed my Instructor Training with Lifeshield. I always felt that there had to be a better way of teaching.
I wanted to build a company and reputation that changes the stigma around CPR training.
Instead of looking at the calendar in big block letter 2-DAY CPR TRAINING and thinking “Ugh…16 hours of my life I’ll never get back,” I wanted my participants to think “Hey I get to learn something new, that could potentially save a life, and have some FUN while I’m at it”
Yes! I just said the F word while talking about First Aid Training. Now, it hasn’t been easy changing perceptions. Regardless, one class at a time we’ve been able to engage and keep every single participant AWAKE!
New Brunswick’s survival statistics are embarrassingly low for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. (4.9% to be exact). Our national average is not much better at 8%. We all have friends and family we care about - shouldn’t First Aid Training be a vital part of life? Knowing how to assess and treat injuries be a priority?
I don’t know about you, but in order for me to learn: I need to see it, feel it and do it.
I decided to make a change by listening to all the feedback about what was disliked the most (reading from the book, hours of slide shows, the list goes on).
I listened, all of my classes are hands on. Seriously, it’s me with a white board and some horrible pictures (you really just have to be in a class to truly understand that I can’t draw, but yet somehow manage to make everyone laugh and learn at the same time). My whiteboard skills are put to shame by the incredible Hollywood-style makeup techniques we use to simulate injuries (it’s taken a lot of practice, but we’ve got this one nailed)
I’m truly passionate about teaching - I WANT people to learn.
This isn’t because “it’s my job”, but because one day your loved one could be on the ground having a heart attack, and the fact that you have proper training could actually save their life.
Below you’ll find a couple of paragraphs that hit home with me every day. I’m lucky enough to see the outcome of hands-on training every day. The people who come up to extend thanks for teaching them something new (even though they had been taught the same thing multiple times but simply never retained it) – this is worth every hour of training and simulation we put in.
Khryspn’s Daily Dose of Inspiration
“At the end of the day, many CPR instructors are making an easy thing hard, compounding the problem of poor survival rates. We need to abandon the traditional checklist approach of 17 things that have to happen in order. Instead, instructors should concede that bystanders will mess up the details and to please be OK with that. Pink is good and blue is bad. Blood goes round and round and air goes in and out. Any deviation from this is bad and must be corrected immediately. Although there’s a proven best practice, don’t ever let your forgetfulness of specific details stop you from seeing the bigger picture. Oh, and if you fail the silly test, you're still plenty capable of helping the blue guy on the pavement. - Get in there.
In closing, bystander CPR is the backbone of surviving a cardiac arrest. Without public intervention, there will be a negative outcome. On the other hand, public CPR and timely access to defibrillation sets the stage for survival. As I tell those in my class "beat the heart a ton, and if you're feeling keen, please breathe for them too. If you're lucky enough to have an AED, use it yesterday. You can pick your textbook up on the way out the door."
Let’s give folks the science, but more importantly, let’s give them a license to deviate from the centerline. Empower them with flexibility and the public will start coming out of the woodwork. Since bystander CPR matters more than EMS intervention ever will, I suggest that we as instructors, need to start changing our collective tune. – My mentors have been blazing that trail for years, and for that, I thank them.”
– Kyle Mohler, Owner of LifeShield
Read the full article from Kyle.