Three clinical reasons to take your resuscitation education program online

July 5, 2021
July 5, 2021

Nearly half of all healthcare organizations have already adopted a form of online or automated resuscitation training. Within the next five years, much of the remaining 50% should begin to make a similar switch. The components of such an online resuscitation program include the cognitive teaching course material in an online format that's available anywhere, a self-directed smart manikin that gives the user feedback on resuscitation skills, as well as all the operational tools an organization needs to make the program easy to administer, track, report on, and continually improve.

Among the many reasons to go online for resuscitation training is the benefit it promises for patient outcomes from a clinical direction. Here are three of the clinical reasons that many organizations have already made the leap to online resuscitation training.

  • Precise and Objective Feedback about Resuscitation Procedures – An online resuscitation training program like that from the American Red Cross can give more precise and objective feedback—for example, smart manikins can measure compression depth up to the accuracy of one millimeter. An instructor giving a student the eyeball test, particularly with eight students in a room, cannot accomplish the same accuracy. By every measure this training also provides much more objective feedback for such metrics as ventilation volumes, hand placement, and compression rates. A study that compared instructors to resuscitation manikins found that 89% of learners had improper depth, yet their instructor passed them. At the same time, a learner that had the right depth was still failed by the instructor. In addition, 89% of improper rescue breath performances were not identified by the instructor. These are easy measurements that a resuscitation manikin gets right every time—100,000 times or even a million times in a row.
  • More Consistent and Standardized Clinical Resuscitation Instruction For resuscitation, you want to train the right way, and the same way every time, so that every person on your staff is prepared in an identical way to save lives. If you have 10,000 people on your staff, that's what taking your resuscitation program online and using the online education program can accomplish. You remove the issue of variability connected to using instructors by relying on a standardized program.
  • Far Greater Flexibility for Resuscitation Training -- If resuscitation training has to be scheduled, not everyone will be able to make the training appointment. The flexibility that's offered by taking the program online means it can be taken on a computer, a tablet, or even a smartphone. That a course can be taken anytime, anywhere eliminates many of the barriers to getting employees trained and certified on resuscitation.

Clinical benefits are not the only advantages of moving to online resuscitation training, which also include access to data and tools that can be linked to outcomes, as well as significant savings in terms of employee time and money. After accounting for all the reasons that online resuscitation training can benefit a healthcare organization, it is clear that joining other providers who have already made this journey is the right decision.

This blog post is part of a series based on the HealthStream webinar, Why Now Is the Right Time to Take Your Resuscitation Education Online, presented by Luther Cale, Vice President of Resuscitation, and John Dymond, Vice President of Sales, Resuscitation. Access the webinar recording, which includes information about limited time savings on HealthStream resuscitation solutions.