To wrap up 2018, we did some research about our most popular blog posts for the year. Of all that we published in 2018, these are the five most popular about resuscitation.
Annual CPR training is seen by many in the healthcare workplace as something along the lines of a flu shot: necessary and even helpful, but not thought about very much. Both save lives, however, and in the case of CPR training that time and attention to initial and re-certification, alongside ongoing testing, is a key component of being an effective employee.
Thanks to advocacy and innovative strategies put forth by nurse, clinical educator, and HealthStream’s resuscitation coach Donna Haynes and other CPR boosters, that mindset is changing.
Training staff on Voice-Assisted Manikins (VAMs) is an important way to ensure that standardized quality CPR is being learned. Customers often ask how their organizations can assist staff with physical limitations or challenges to be successful in the completion resuscitation training. TriHealth (Cincinnati, OH) has developed a very successful BLS Program that includes workarounds for staff with physical challenges. They also have developed guidelines for protecting learners from hurting themselves. Here are some general tips for preventing injuries to staff members.
HealthStream recently interviewed Donna Haynes, a nurse, clinical educator, and resuscitation coach at HealthStream, about the challenges of resuscitation in non-acute care settings and how organizations are striving to improve rates. “High quality resuscitation is extremely important during end-of-life care,” Haynes says. “Often people assume that hospice is where people go when they’re ready to die, but that is not always the case.” Haynes explains that patients may have desires for certain interventions, and staff should be prepared to make every effort to sustain life for them.
Our customers often ask how their organizations can assist staff with physical limitations or disabilities to be successful in the completion of resuscitation training Sessions using Voice-Assisted Manikins (VAMs). TriHealth (Cincinnati, OH) has developed a very successful basic resuscitation training Program. They have several staff with physical challenges that are required to maintain BLS certifications. Over the past few years they have worked to develop best practices to support staff to successfully complete Basic Life Support certification on the VAMs. Here are six of our most common resuscitation practice and certification tips for staff members who are challenged by arthritis in their hands or wrists, or are afflicted with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Training programs for CPR, either in the workplace or for the public at large, have been around for years. Even in healthcare settings, however, they tend to fade into the background as part of a “must-do” checklist for annual certification. Much of that has been due to antiquated teaching methods and scattershot approaches to regular education and certification, something that’s changing for the better thanks to an international effort, says Donna Haynes, a nurse and clinical educator who serves as HealthStream’s national resuscitation coach.
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