African tourism companies should be considering a more practical approach to CPR, rather than training their staff in the largely Westernised approach used widely today.
This is according to Dr Simon King, an expert in incident management, who was speaking at the recent SATSA Conference in White River. He said that today’s CPR skills are more useful in a North American context, where you’re in close proximity to big urban centres. He says in Africa’s remote tourist destinations, these skills will make almost no difference, in many cases.
King said, “We need a more practical approach to CPE. For example, training in BVM devices which can make a big difference and a very easy to use. He stressed that repetition is key, and that staff should be encouraged to log up practice hours to promote competency in emergency and life-saving techniques.