Quick Guide: 2015 AHA Updates for CPR Lesson Plans Blog Feature
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By: Sarah Layton on February 2nd, 2016

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Quick Guide: 2015 AHA Updates for CPR Lesson Plans

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Are you trying to figure out where you are going to find the time to update all of your CPR lesson plans? The American Heart Association (AHA) recently made changes to CPR procedures.

We know it's on your mind. We've received many calls, messages, and emails from teachers asking if HealthCenter21 will keep pace with the changes. We are thrilled to answer "YES!" and recently released the updated content.

But what if you don't use digital content in your CPR lesson plans?

Unfortunately, you are going to have to carve out some time to get your CPR lesson plans up-to-date.

AHA Guidelines for CPR

We'd like to help you spend less time figuring out what changes you'll need to make to your CPR lesson plans, so we've summarized the important changes for you.

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Interestingly, the two biggest changes have to do with increased access to technology.

  • With the understanding that most people or at least one person in a group of people with have access to a cell phone, AHA has changed the order of some procedures to bring calling emergency medical services to the very top of the list of actions, before beginning the procedure. In the previous version, depending on the situation, you may be instructed to begin CPR procedures and then call EMS.
  • The other change due to technology availability is that early CPR no longer takes precedence over defibrillation. With the introduction of AEDs (automated external defibrillators) in many public locations, procedure now calls for beginning CPR until an AED is available. And also that an AED should be applied as soon as possible.
  • There are a few other changes to consider as you update your CPR lesson plans. The latest guidelines are broken out into both in-hospital and out-of-hospital responses. For those of you that use HealthCenter21, we follow the out-of-hospital response methodology.
  • Although not really a change from the previous version, it is worth noting for your own CPR lesson plans that the circulation, airway, breathing, or the C-A-B sequence, has been reaffirmed in the 2015 version. This was introduced in 2009, so this is likely already in your CPR lesson plans, but it was a big change at that time and has been re-emphasized in 2015.
  • Lastly, AHA also talks about naloxone injections for opioid/heroine overdoses. If you plan to cover this in your CPR lesson plans, it will require some updates.

Health Science Textbooks Can't Keep Pace

Updating CPR lesson plans that use solely traditional textbooks can be a real issue for teachers when changes are made. It might be at least a year until your textbook is updated, leaving you with no other option but to find the time to review the new guidelines and incorporate them into your courses on your own.

Health science teachers want to teach and not necessarily spend time updating or modifying worksheets, quizzes, instructional material to work around outdated textbooks.

Yes, textbooks never break; however, they become out-of-date when standards change. Accommodating those factors can have a major impact on the planning time. 

And we know that teachers are already working with a time deficit.

Cloud-Based CPR Lesson Plans Get Updated for You

As mentioned earlier, with digital, cloud-based content like HealthCenter21, these changes have already been made for you and made available to you and your students.

No downloading or installing required! This is one of the big reasons that digital curriculum for teaching CPR is becoming so popular, particularly in fast-changing subject areas like health science.

Hopefully, having this summary of what has changed will save you some time.

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About Sarah Layton

Sarah has been with AES since 1998, first serving as a curriculum developer, and now as a customer support analyst and content creator. She is committed to helping instructors gain experience and confidence using our solutions and to providing excellent customer care.