Our experiences with Resusci Anne QCPR
At first sight, the new Resusci Anne QCPR is not so different from the old dolls: Anne has a new training suit and is packed in a much easier trolley or bag. But the revolution for Anne has now to do with the new Skillguide and SkillReporter. At our first acquaintance we have experienced this.
We have tested the Resusci Anne QCPR full-body. The doll rolled comfortable with us to the training area: a blessing compared to the old case that made walking very difficult and also very difficult to replace the case because of the very short handle. The renewed trolley has got handles on both sides. This is very useful when the doll has to be lifted on the left or right side into the car. The trolley has a large zip that makes it possible to open the complete front-side of it. Anne rests with her head between the two bags for accessories. The bags offer enough space for extra lungs, face shields and a Simpad and/or a Skill guide. Under the doll there is a mat on which you can kneel. Not as wide as the old mat, but enough to fit on it.
When we open-up Anne we notice that all accessories like the face shields and lungs are replaceable on the old models. How convenient. We can start straightaway because we don’t have to practice with replacing lungs or placing face shields. Nothing has changed on that part, it is still as easy as it used to be. Also the one-way direction system for mouth to mouth resuscitation is still there. Air blown into the doll doesn’t escape through the mouth but gets removed with a tube at an opening by the hip. They have thought thoroughly about the hygiene. The risks for cross contamination have reduced significantly. Of course the face must be disinfected between two students and use of face shields has its advantages but the lungs will not be the problem. If we take a further look under the skin we notice that the spiral is very easy to change: three spirals are included to test the diversity in the hardness of the chest.
The SkillReporter Simpad
The compressions feel realistic. Nothing to complain about this. When we activate the electronics of the doll and we turn up the volume then we will hear a noise that we very soon gave the name “birdy” during the well performed mouth to mouth resuscitation. The birdy is useful when you want to exercise but luckily this noise can also be switched off to prevent for it to becoming too easy. Of course the chin-lift has to be done in the right way before air can go in. Also there is a balloon for checking the carotid pulse.
The Resusci Anne QCPR is optimized for use with the Simpad in order to give feedback at the full Chain of Survival. This is what the book of manufacturer Laerdal mentions. We are going to do a test. The Simpad connects directly with Anne via wifi. With a press on the button placed on the side of the doll you can make a choice between Blue-Tooth (blue led) and Wifi (green led). The led will remain flashing until the connection is made and this happens very quick. The Simpad needs about 30 seconds to start. No problem if you want to do some other things in the meantime or if you have to take Anne out of the trolley case at the beginning of the training. On the Simpad we have to choose which doll has to be connected. We have only one doll to choose so that makes things easy. The menu is very clear. With no trouble at all you can watch 6 dolls on one Simpad. All wireless.
The Simpad and the Anne have been on for hours during the day and the wifi-signal had been active all day. The car mania was in order. We haven’t had to use the reserve batteries and the device hasn’t been on the battery charger. By the way it is possible to train further when either the doll or the Simpad are empty: with the included cables the doll and the Simpad can be charged through the USB to the laptop. Because we didn’t think this was an handy idea we took an adapter and plugged the doll to the socket. This adapter is not included and does not come with the Resusci Anne QCPR.
Multi Manikin Router
If more dolls would be used at the same time attached to the Simpad then the advice would be to use a router.
The Resusci Baby with QCPR can only be attached with a cable. There is only one entrance in the Simpad, which means that there only can be trained with one baby at a time. Besides there will be space left for 5 wifi -connections what means there will be space left for another 5 Anne’s to be displayed.
The range of the connection in an open space will be about 30 meters. This will be less when there are walls in between.
We will admit. For the Simpad a considerable investment has to be done and not everyone is willing to do this. But it is a shame to let go of the outstanding feedback until the Simpad can be bought. Luckely Laerdal has thought about a compact, very easy device for the small purse: the new Skillguide. We find it easy: just one switch and a clear screen.
The skillguide has to be connected with Anne by putting a cable into the shoulder. Our motto was to push it thoroughly because for a moment we thought that it would not activate. When the cable is attached, the skillguide will respond immediately. You can make a choice for the program by the switch: to train with or without feedback and looking into the results. And push a little longer for a reset to start another session.
We have tried the feed -back and are satisfied. Simple lights will show if there is leaned, if this is in the right way or to deep. Same counts for the mouth to mouth resuscitation. But then the Skill report is next to the doll and we can see the results constantly. The score is high and it feels a little bit like cheating. To train with nothing could be the option, the feedback will stay off, but at the end of a session there will be a score and one that is honest. Straightaway we see a few points of improvement in the text beneath the score. The Skillguide gives the needed information compact and the price is nice. It is absolute to recommend.
The Wireless PC Software
For a complete overview of all feedback possibilities with the new Anne with QCPR we have attached the doll to the blue-tooth PC software. The software has been there for a little while, but has recently got an update and we would like to know everything about this. As we have pointed out the Anne has the possibility for the blue-tooth connection which is needed to send the information to the PC software. We press a button on the left-side of the doll until the blue light starts to flash which is the sign that blue-tooth is trying to get connection. With the antenna on the laptop we have to scroll through some functions to get connection. Luckely the software contains help-information. With this information it succeeds but it is as easy as with the Simpad. When the laptop and the Anne have connected once the next times it goes very easy.
The software can also be used with more dolls at the same time, but they all should be Rescusci Anne's. Also possible with the old version with the unattached module. Actually it seems very like the Simpad about which we are satisfied. Again the beautiful graphic views, real time updates and the comprehensive reporting. The software is only available in English and the Simpad has been installed with every European language. The advantage with the software is that the information with a beamer targeted on the screen can be projected so students can also watch. Also nice is that the results can easily be saved on PDF-format.
For users who want to train with dolls without feedback mechanisms there are the less expensive Laerdal First Aid dolls. These don't have electronics, but do give the very realistic feeling of the newest Laerdal updates.
Versions and options
The Resusci Anne QCPR gets marketed in many versions. This is the reason that we want to make this point more clear.
For starters there is the choice between the torso in a bag or a full body in a trolley. If you choose the torso, expanding with arms and legs is possible. It is even very easy to attach these to the torso. The bag that also is used as a training mat can get to small for transportation of the doll. So with expanding please choose the trolley for transportation the complete doll. Most users will choose for the standard QCPR dolls expanded with a Simpad, SkillReporter and/or PC software. But there are more possibilities:
All Resusci Anne QCPR dolls are available with a head with airways and the airways are suitable for training of the intubation. Especially for the Laerdal AED trainers 2 and 3 dolls have been developed with LINK technology, named QCPR AED. These trainers can work together with the doll to match the right place of the adhesive pads. This version has only added value with these specific training devices.
Also there is a version with the possibility of manual defibrillation. The so called QCPR D dolls. These dolls have especially more value for the professional user.
More possibilities are extensions with hard arms and legs with trauma modules.