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HealthStream Customer Improves CPR Quality with Low-Dose, High-Frequency Training

This blog post excerpts a recent article from the American Heart Association in Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (PSQH), found at

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Hospital emergency department (ED) nurse Tamicka Jones didn’t expect to begin her spring 2016 vacation by saving a life. Jones flew into action the moment she witnessed a man in cardiac arrest in an Atlanta airport terminal, taking charge and putting her medical skills to work. She performed what she characterizes as the most intense cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) of her career, keeping the man’s blood flowing until emergency medical services could arrive and take over. The man survived cardiac arrest in part because Jones remained calm and acted expertly in the eye of the storm. CPR proficiency was the subject of a recent UAB Hospital ED study in which Jones took part. Hospital staff are traditionally required to undergo formal CPR training once every two years. But is that enough?

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For the study, UAB placed two mobile simulation stations with feedback devices in its ED and began quarterly CPR training with 150 nurses in June 2015. One year later, comparison to baseline data revealed that quarterly use of the mobile simulation stations with feedback in real time helped improve chest compression fraction and the percentage of compressions with adequate depth and recoil.

One of the program’s key benefits is the tremendous culture change that has occurred as a result of having the RQI simulation stations embedded in the ED, said Kurz. “Using these machines really changes the paradigm of how we teach and practice CPR. It’s the idea that my employees get to touch, see and perform high-quality CPR every three months — regardless of their schedule, when they’re working, or which patients they’re treating,” he said. “This is the largest change in our approach in over 60 years and really brings CPR training into the modern era.”

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