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Manikin information

Manikins are anatomically life-sized human models that used in educating people how to apply cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a verisimilar way.
  • AED defibrillator or CPR manikin with resuscitation guidelines 2010 or even 2005, should I update?

    Many AEDs claim that they meet the resuscitation guidelines from 2010 or 2005. That does not always mean that you need to update your AED. After all the changes do not always relate to the functionality of the equipment and therefore the manufacturer does not use the latest guidelines. However what if this is important? Medisol explains what you have to do:

    For the AEDs:

    • In 2005, there have been many changes. For example, you should immediately start chest compressions instead of first giving two rescue breaths in CPR. Please be certain that your AED has at least these guidelines.
    • In 2010 there was a change in the protocol, meaning that AEDs with CPR feedback had to be adjusted. More compression was required on the victim’s chest. The AEDs for which this was the case were the Zoll AED Plus, Zoll AED Pro and HeartSine Samaritan 500P. Other devices with CPR feedback came on the market later and therefore alreadymet the 2010 guidelines.
    • The guidelines of 2015 brought no changes to the AED protocol. Therefore you don’t have to update the AED. However you will notice that that there will be more emphasis during CPR training on noticing abnormal breathing and asking for help immediately. Please keep repeating your training in order to provide the best help.

    For CPR manikins

    • Only the change to the 2010 guidelines had consequences for the resuscitation manikins. Not all manikins were suitable for the provision of deeper compressions than before. The Ambu Man I and Ambu Man W can be updated to the new guidelines with an update kit. For how to proceed with other manikins please contact customer service.guideluines 2015 ready


  • Resuscitation on newborn babies, comparison between the baby resuscitation manikins

    First aid training agencies, which are thinking about purchasing a baby resuscitation manikin, have choice from 4 different kinds of manikins. Laerdal has two in their assortment, the Baby Anne and the Recusci Baby QCPR. Besides the brands Ambu and Prestan have a baby resuscitation manikin. Between these 4 resuscitation manikins there are many differences. You will find the most important specifications of these manikins in the following information.

    Ambu Baby








    The Ambu Baby is a commonly used baby manikin for easy handling. The manikin has a removable face, behind which an air way can be put in the head. Air ventilation will create an overpressure in the head which will make the chest rise visibly. Therefore breast skin has not to be opened in order to replace a lung bag. In terms of realism, this manikin is quite suitable. It is not very realistic to press the rigid chest, but the stiffness of the material provides a good exercise.

    Link to the Ambu Baby resuscitation manikin


    Laerdal Baby Anne
    The Laerdal Baby Anne is above all a suffocation training manikin. This doll has a fabric inner lining and a plastic rib where behind a lung can be applied. This baby manikin is delivered with foreign objects, which are small clots that can be put into the mouth of the doll to block the airway.  With a firm beating on the rear the object will come loose. Very good for practicing suffocation exercises.  This manikin is less useful for practicing chest compressions. Due to the filling it feels unrealistic and there is no feedback mechanism

    Link to the Laerdal Baby Anne suffocation doll


    Laerdal Resusci Baby QCPR









    For the training agencies that take the practice of resuscitation with babies seriously there is actually only one real option and that is the Resusci Baby QCPR. This is the only baby manikin with a comprehensive feedback mechanism with registration options. In conjunction with the Simpad SkillReporter or the PC software the student’s performance can be tracked during several training moments. The Resusci Baby QCPR performs the best with life authenticity, hygiene measures and feedback. The only disadvantage is the higher price. However it is undeniable that training agencies will stand out as serious trainers with this well-equipped doll.

    Link to the Laerdal Resusci Baby manikin QCPR



    AMBU baby Laerdal baby anne Laerdal resusci baby QCPR Prestan baby
    Life realistic chest compressions
    Life like air ventilation
    Suffocation practise
    Carotid pulse


  • Differences between the AMBU manikins


     Hygiënic ventilation
     Measurement depth compressions
     Delivered with carrier bag
     Delivered with clothes
     Highest quality materials
     Realististic Thorax resistence
     Head tilt / Chin lift
     Measurement ventilations
     Measurement stomach inflations
     Compatible arms
     Compatible legs
     Carotid pulse
     Wireless PC-connection
     Wired PC-connection
     Software monitoring instrument
  • Disinfection of the resuscitation dolls

    Prevent cross-contamination and use a cleanser on your dolls according to the indications of the manufacturer.
    Manufacturers of resuscitaton dolls pay lots of attention to the hygienic trainings system. Disinfection and cleansing are made as easy as possible. For instance Laerdal uses unidirectional valves and Ambu uses separate airways for each student. Actar uses easy replaceable lung bags and easy to remove face shields.

    To prevent cross-contimation between your students it is wisely to follow the regulations for replacing lung bags/ airways. Depending on the hygienic system this is after changing of the student or after each training. For the disinfection of the face shields after changing student special disinfection towels can be used. For the cleansing of the other parts of the doll a non- aggressive cleaning solution can be used.

    Replace regularly the face shield of your resuscitation doll. By using alcohol for the disinfection or a caustic detergent the rubber will become porous and it will become more difficult to disinfect the skin thoroughly.

  • New in the Laerdal range: Resusci Anne QCPR

    laerdaldollOur 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.

    The skillguide

    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.

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