There was a lot of discussion about when testing should be performed, and it seems a majority were in favour of this being done outside of the course (either before or after the course). With no firm answer from the conference, we will wait to hear what we can offer. The NZRC have put a lot of thought (and time) into the changes, and it looks promising that this will make a nicer learning experience for all of us.
The guidelines in New Zealand changed in January this year, and we have been teaching these changes on our courses. The main changes to be aware of are:
· Compression rate has changed to 100 - 120 per minute
· AEDs are now recommend to be used on all age ranges
· Updated algorithms can be found on the Emcare website at http://www.emcare.co.nz/resources/resource-category-1
There was a fair amount of Twitter activity from the conference from @EmcareServices or you can search #Guidelines2016 for further information.
Presentations from the conference have been made available online at http://confer.co.nz/nzrc2016/presentations-2/
The team at Emcare - Saving Lives Made Simple