Earlier this year, I wrote about the health benefits the Wii can provide and now recent news has triggered a second post concerning the Wii’s role in health. This time it’s CPR-specific!
According to Newsweek, the American Heart Association has pledged $50,000 towards the creation of a Wii game that teaches CPR using only a Wii remote and a screen! The research team, four biomedical engineering students from the University of Alabama, have a difficult task ahead of them.
As an instructor, it’s my opinion that learning CPR solely from a video game (with a pillow or basketball as alternates to a manikin) won’t provide adequate training. I DO however, see this as an exciting opportunity to inspire Wii gamers to sign up for a class. It also would function great as a refresher for those already trained in CPR.