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Sep 13, 2018

ERC congress - Resuscitation 2018

Training program for visually impaired and blind people on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use of semi-automatic defibrillator

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training blind people

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Introduction Cardiac arrest affects over 60,000 Italians a year. The timely intervention of a bystander is essential to save a life. In this scenario, the theme of the project is inserted, that is born from the request of the Italian Union of Blind and Visually Impaired Ancona (UICAM) to instruct the members on resuscitation techniques. A study, experimentation and revision of the standard BLSD of IRC procedures were needed to make them accessible to visually impaired people. The instructor plays the role of guide of experience, encouraging mobility and orientation, and proposing the new instrument according to the following steps: motivation, perceptual knowledge, use of the instrument, progressively reducing the aid. Materials and Methods The entire experimental project was conducted on a group of 13 people, including 7 blind, 3 partially sighted, 3 sighted people. The main changes made to the standard sequence involve the aid of a bystander for the evaluation of initial safety and during the use of the defibrillator, the use of a hand in place of sight to evaluate the thoracic excursion during the breath, and finally the necessity of specify the visual disability to the central operator. Preliminary meeting with psychologist, documents data collection, satisfaction questionnaires, checklist for participant evaluation, BLSD manual for blind and visually impaired in Braille were developed. Materials and Methods The entire experimental project was conducted on a group of 13 people, including 7 blind, 3 partially sighted, 3 sighted people. The main changes made to the standard sequence involve the aid of a bystander for the evaluation of initial safety and during the use of the defibrillator, the use of a hand in place of sight to evaluate the thoracic excursion during the breath, and finally the necessity of specify the visual disability to the central operator. Preliminary meeting with psychologist, documents data collection, satisfaction questionnaires, checklist for participant evaluation, BLSD manual for blind and visually impaired in Braille were developed. Conclusions The project has shown that a blind person has the skills necessary to act in emergency situations, so he is able to save a life before help arrives.

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