Table 4

Basic life support and advanced life support training provision

Respondents (n=73)ILCOR recommendation 2015
BLS training
Methods of delivery used for BLS teaching, n (%)
Self-instruction (eg, DVD, e-learning) 1 (1.4)‘We suggest that video and/or computer-based self-instruction with synchronous or asynchronous hands-on practice may be an effective alternative to instructor-led courses’ (Weak recommendation)
Instructor-led51 (69.9)
Both21 (28.8)
CPR prompt/feedback devices used during BLS training, n (%)
Metronome19 (26.0)‘We suggest the use of feedback devices that provide directive feedback on compression rate, depth, release, and hand position during training’ (Weak recommendation)
‘If feedback devices are not available, we suggest the use of tonal guidance (examples include music or metronome) during training to improve compression rate only’ (Weak recommendation)
Real-time feedback devices35 (47.9)
Manikin-based feedback29 (39.8)
Prompt/feedback device not used in BLS training22 (30.1)
Use of high-fidelity manikins during BLS training, n (%)
Yes13 (17.8)‘We suggest the use of high-fidelity manikins when training centres/organisations have the infrastructure, trained personnel, and resources to maintain the programme’ (Weak recommendation)
When available11 (15.1)
No49 (67.1)
ALS training
CPR prompt/feedback devices used during ALS training, n (%)
Metronome16 (21.9)‘We suggest the use of feedback devices that provide directive feedback on compression rate, depth, release, and hand position during training’ (Weak recommendation)
‘If feedback devices are not available, we suggest the use of tonal guidance (examples include music or metronome) during training to improve compression rate only’ (Weak recommendation)
Real-time feedback devices36 (49.3)
Manikin-based feedback33 (45.2)
Prompt/feedback device not used in ALS training12 (16.4)
Use of high-fidelity manikins during ALS training, n (%)
Yes routinely35 (47.9)‘We suggest the use of high-fidelity manikins when training centres/organisations have the infrastructure, trained personnel, and resources to maintain the programme’ (Weak recommendation)
‘If high-fidelity manikins are not available, we suggest that the use of low-fidelity manikins is acceptable for standard ALS training in an educational setting’ (Weak recommendation)
Used when available 9 (12.3)
Not used routinely29 (39.7)
  • ALS, adult advanced life support; BLS, basic life support; ILCOR, International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation.