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HealthStream’s Resuscitation Programs Create Safe, Community-Based Learning Environment

Can something as “hands-on” as CPR training be taught virtually? The answer is yes—and that type of remote learning was already in place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite™ a cutting-edge partnership between HealthStream and the American Red Cross.

“The suite was already popular and has become even more so as training centers and live, instructor-led classes have been drastically reduced and even eliminated in some parts of the country. But the need remains, especially when it comes to easing the burden on already overwhelmed frontline healthcare providers. The combination of online learning and mannikin-based live competency testing creates a safe way for learning all levels of Red Cross CPR skills and do so in a self-paced, self-directed learning environment,” says John Dymond, Associate Vice President of Simulation Programs at HealthStream, who has worked with hundreds of healthcare organizations to improve life-support training.

A Virtual Training Center for Resuscitation

“HealthStream has established a virtual training center for the ability to launch and deliver onboarding of these types of solutions to our customers,” Dymond explains. “So even though COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the world and in healthcare, we are still moving forward by helping organizations deliver life-support training and resuscitation solutions.”

The American Red Cross Resuscitation SuiteTM succeeds because it is:

Adaptive: It reduces seat time through personalized learning plans.

Flexible: Choose your preferred skills practice interval by student group.

Easy: Improved tools for leaders and managers to achieve compliance.

“One of the key benefits of this program ties directly into what is going on in the country today, which is the improvement of resuscitation,” Dymond says. “The guidelines are saying that more practice on a regular basis improves CPR skills. Clearly we would all agree that if you do something on a more regular basis, you're going to be better at it. What this program offers is an interval-based technology giving your organization the ability to schedule training on three, six, 12, or 24-month intervals.

Multiple Aspects of Support Also Drive Successful Resuscitation Training Adoption

The resuscitation suite also ties in many elements of provider and student support, ensuring that any issues can be quickly and easily resolved. Those include:

  • Implementation specialists for personalized assistance through the setup process
  • Expert online and web-based coaching
  • An online community featuring resources, discussion boards, and more
  • Weekly webinars with experts on cutting-edge topics
  • A hub with all user data, so you can stay on top of overdue or expiring certificates

“Our community site is set up so you don’t have to contact customer support or a specific account executive,” Dymond explains, “You can go right to the community, and you can talk to your peers. You can discuss how to make things better in your organization with your peers and get answers to queries and questions like: Hey, we're struggling with this. We're having trouble having adoption of that. How can we improve on these areas? What are the best practices? What have you done to make your environment more receptive to the learning that you want your staff to embrace? The community is one of those areas where you can go to speak about your specific needs and get real answers from your peers.”

To learn more about the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite, and HealthStream’s resuscitation programs, view our webinar, CPR Skills: Safely (re)Certify BLS, ALS, and PALS Using Virtual Learning. Learn more about industry-leading CPR training from the American Red Cross that also facilitates social distancing.


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