Video (or computer) based training versus learning it the old fashioned way

I'll admit it. I'm a geek. Seriously.

I belong to several multiple online groups, where I learn and interact with some great people on topics from work-life balance, work-home balance, business network and yes... CPR and First Aid. Indeed, I have online conversations with people about how we teach CPR. Sounds geeky, but I do learn a lot from these groups!

There has been a discussion topic that we keep coming back to; online training. Are DVD's and websites replacing the instructor as the best way to learn CPR?

Recently a member of one group posted a link to an article in Resuscitation
Volume 81, Issue 8, August 2010, Pages 1004-1009
titled Comparison of instructor-led automated external defibrillation training and three alternative DVD-based training methods.

On the edge of your seat wondering the final result of the comparison?

Their initial premise was:
Self-directed BLS-training, using a personal training manikin with video has been shown to be as effective as instructor-led training. This has not previously been investigated for AED-training.

Their conclusion was:
DVD-based AED-training without scenario is not recommended. Scenario training is a useful addition, but instructor-facilitated training remains the best method.

Yes, instructor facilitated training remains the best way to learn how to use an AED in CPR. There are many websites offering CPR programs with no hands-on component that will allow you to print your card at the end of the online test. But the best way to learn a practical skill is to do it the old-fashioned way, hands-on practice with an instructor.


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