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What High Quality Resuscitation Means for the Care Continuum’s Future

Improving resuscitation success is an important purpose throughout the care continuum. In an interview that was the basis for the HealthStream article, Improving Resuscitation throughout the Care Continuum: Lessons and Suggestions about CPR Training, Resuscitation Expert Donna Haynes examines the benefits for the healthcare continuum when organizations elevate their efforts to improve resuscitation readiness and competency. This blog post is the fifth and final in a series excerpting the article.

Importance of High Quality Resuscitation in Hospice Environment

“High quality resuscitation is extremely important during end-of-life care,” Haynes said. “Often people assume that hospice is where people go when they’re ready to die, but that is not always the case.” Haynes explained that patients may have desires for certain interventions, and staff should be prepared to make every effort to sustain life for them, not to mention their visitors and family members. Additionally, patients may be there without a directive, and staff is responsible to deliver CPR until a directive is developed or found. Haynes added, “If a facility is going to be available to provide CPR, they should be able to do so at a level that would provide opportunity for the best outcomes.”

Learning from Successful Resuscitation Programs

In working as a resuscitation coach to a range of care continuum facilities, Haynes has observed resuscitation programs that succeed and fail. “Once certain foundational items are in place, I typically see organizations move forward successfully with quality CPR training,” says Haynes. Reflecting on her coaching experience, Haynes explains that many organizations aren’t sure how to initially navigate the pathway to success. “I’ve found that being committed over time and forming a group of individuals who are willing to share in planning leads to success.”

Resuscitation Advice for the Care Continuum

When asked what advice she has for organizations seeking to improve their programs, Haynes responds, “Ensure that staff are trained to perform quality CPR because it really does improve outcomes. I think improvement and survival are associated with providing quality CPR on a consistent basis, and continuum healthcare settings are embracing this as the need to improve outcomes and quality of care initiatives grows.”

Future Predictions for CPR

When discussing the future of resuscitation for the healthcare continuum, Haynes spoke optimistically about a continued international focus on improving survivability and outcomes. She also predicts that care continuum settings will have an increased presence in meeting healthcare needs, creating an even greater need for quality CPR training. “We as educators and learning development specialists will need to continue to create efficient and advanced modes of skill development and maintenance of competency,” Haynes said. “Once an individual experiences success performing CPR, whether in training or in a real scenario, they see the value of quality training and will strive to continue to build their confidence and ability to deliver quality CPR.”

The article also includes:

  • Strengthening CPR Training
  • Where Do CPR Guidelines Come From? ILCOR
  • Challenges for Resuscitation Success across the Care Continuum
  • Elements of a Successful Resuscitation Program—the Must-Haves
  • The Results of a Successful Resuscitation Training Program for the Care Continuum


Download the full article here.


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