A cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that can happen to anyone, anywhere, and CPR and AEDs can increase the survival rate and the quality of life after a cardiac arrest
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid key survival technique used to stimulate breathing and keep blood flowing to the heart. Its effective administration can significantly increase the chances of survival for victims of cardiac arrest. Anyone, anywhere, could perform CPR. Providing CPR has become an essential competency not only for expert or professional but also for laypersons.
An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that checks the heart rhythm, and if it is needed, it can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore a normal rhythm. AEDs give oral or visual instructions on how to apply CPR in such a way that lay people other than paramedics or emergency medical technicians are able to use them.
There is a need of new strategies to disseminate CPR knowledge and AED use among citizens
Life support courses are designed to learn to recognize life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims, use an AED, and relieve chocking in a safe, timely and effective manner. Basic and advanced life support knowledge and skills deteriorate in as little as three to 6 months.
Serious games are games with a goal beyond pure entertainment. LISSA, acronym of LIfe Support Simulation Activities, is a serious game created to teach and learn CPR and AED algorithms in complete compliance with the European Resuscitation Council guidelines.
LISSA is the best complement for life support courses and a new way to refresh training and maintain CPR and AED knowledge and skills
LISSA actions turn around an emergency situation represented in a 3D virtual environment. The student has to save the victim by applying the CPR and AED protocol in the proper way. LISSA registers all the player actions and automatically corrects them. The instructor can follow-up the student progress and adapt the learning process.
LISSA’s capability to create new scenarios maintains the student attention and avoids boring him doing the same actions for a long time. LISSA makes the teacher tasks easier.
It is a perfect method to refresh and disseminate CPR knowledge and also a good complement for courses.