Why Adopt a High Quality Resuscitation Program for the Care Continuum?

April 1, 2021
April 1, 2021

Healthcare is changing significantly—more care is occurring outside hospitals, and organizations across the care continuum are treating patients with far higher levels of acuity than ever before. This makes resuscitation far more important across the care continuum, where current resuscitation success ranges from 2 to 11 percent. We can do better at resuscitation, and here’s why:

Results of a Successful Resuscitation Training Program

  • Improved Student Confidence - A key component of a successful resuscitation training program is to ensure that students cannot fail. If they do not get a passing score on their first attempt, they can repeat the exercise and continue to incorporate feedback from the manikins into their practice until they have mastered the skill. This improves students’ confidence in their ability to provide high-quality CPR during an actual Code. HealthStream has heard a great deal of feedback from students that may feel some performance anxiety in a traditional classroom setting. Under a no-fail rule, they can now move at their own pace and need not worry about what their CPR performance will look like in a room full of their peers. They can simply keep working on those skills until they are fully confident.


  • Regulatory and Reporting Efficiency - Resuscitation training using online courses and manikins is efficient, especially compared to traditional instructor-led training. HealthStream’s analysis shows that students can complete the online curriculum in two hours on average, which is a significant time savings over the typical four hours required for classroom-based training. The program also greatly simplifies record-keeping, as student results are maintained through HealthStream Learning, which offers easy, instant access to information on course completions. Administrators can easily provide the kinds of reports that regulators will typically want to see during a visit or inspection.


Importance of High Quality Resuscitation in Hospice Environment

To use just one of the continuum care environments as an example, high quality resuscitation is extremely important during end-of-life and palliative care. Often people assume that hospice is where people go when they’re ready to die, but that is not always the case. Patients receiving care 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. Also, 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.


Learn more about HealthStream resuscitation solutions for the continuum of care.