Survival rates for inpatient sudden cardiac arrest have been stagnant for years. This is the case even as the American Heart Association (AHA) has had a goal of increasing sudden cardiac arrest survival rates from the current rate of approximately 15% to 38%.
The goal was ambitious, and it was believed that these results would primarily be achieved by improving the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) skills of healthcare providers. The AHA had compelling research that indicated that the likely culprit in poor survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest was the rapid deterioration of the psychomotor skills associated with high quality CPR.
Healthcare organizations were (and in many cases still are) providing biennial CPR training. That schedule meets most local, state and national regulatory requirements. However, the AHA’s research showed that the skills associated with high-quality CPR actually began to deteriorate within three to six months. The AHA began an extensive campaign to share the research results and try to move healthcare providers to more frequent training. The research was compelling and the recommendations to increase the frequency and change the modes of training were well-received, so why haven’t survival rates improved?
At this point, little is known about why these recommended training interventions had so little impact on survival rates, but there are some likely culprits.
What should come next? How do we take hold of what we know about the optimal means of training healthcare providers on how to deliver high-quality CPR?
HealthStream has partnered with the American Red Cross for a solution that can help healthcare organizations respond effectively and efficiently to the data that suggests a need for more frequent training. The American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite:
The recommendation for considerably more frequent CPR training may seem daunting, but the right educational tools can help healthcare organizations educate providers on the very latest guidance on CPR using a streamlined educational tool that can save time (and money) in the certification process while still insuring that the student is receiving training that is based on the very latest science on what constitutes high-quality CPR.
When lives are at stake, can everyone on your staff respond quickly and competently to a resuscitation event? Many healthcare leaders are concerned that despite rising costs of training, resuscitation rates have not improved in the last decade. The American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite ™ for BLS, ALS and PALS empowers healthcare organizations to be in control of a customizable adaptive program, saving the organization money while participating in the next wave of resuscitation advancement.
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