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Common Barriers and Solutions for Effective CPR Training (Part 2)

This two-part blog post series is based on a recent Webinar with Kristen Woodruff, Program Manager at Main Line Health and James Wilber, Associate Product Manager at HealthStream.

In a previous blog, we discussed the impetus for change in how healthcare providers are trained to administer CPR. The American Hospital Association (AHA), citing less-than-encouraging survival rates for in-hospital cardiac arrest as well as data that suggests a fairly rapid deterioration of the psychomotor skills associated with high-quality CPR, has made some significant changes to its training recommendations. The new guidelines advocate for the kinds of technology in training that incorporate real-time monitoring, recording, and feedback regarding CPR quality.

HeartCode—Effective and Efficient Training

Kristen Woodruff, Program Manager at Main Line Health, recently partnered with HealthStream to implement HeartCode to achieve the kind of effective training encouraged by the AHA as efficiently as possible.

HeartCode is a solution for healthcare organizations wishing to implement the AHA’s new guidelines. HealthStream’s Wilber identified some of the key features of HeartCode.

  • The first phase is administered online. “This is where students will find resources, manuals, and information from the AHA and the eSims,” says Wilber.
  • The second phase is where students use the Voice Assisted Manikins (VAMs) to build the psychomotor skills needed in the delivery of high-quality CPR.

HealthStream’s Wilber stresses that the VAMs are quite different from other manikins that students may have encountered in other types of training. “These manikins actually provide real-time feedback as you’re doing your skills. As you are compressing, it will give you feedback regarding the depth and rate of compressions. When you’re doing ventilations, it will give you the same type of feedback as well.” says Wilber

Building a Better Model for CPR Training

In addition to the clinical advantages of this type of training, Woodruff has found the training easier to administer.

  • They are able to offer the hands-on portion of the training at five different locations throughout the system, giving employees more options to complete their skills before, during, or after regular working hours.
  • Certificates are managed online, making it easier to monitor and report on both expired and upcoming certification needs.
  • The online portion can be completed from anywhere, and at any time, making it easier for students to access the training at times and places that are convenient for them.
  • The online portion can be completed at a pace that is comfortable for the student, which makes it easier to accommodate students’ different learning styles and speeds.
  • Woodruff also conducted research among employees regarding the new training and found that acceptance of the new training was high and that employees felt much more confident in their skills after using the VAMs.

Efficiency and Effectiveness in CPR Training

The clinical evidence for this type of training is compelling, but there are practical matters that are key to the decision of whether or not to use VAMs. Key among those factors is cost. One needs to keep in mind that there is actually a long list of costs associated with traditional, instructor-led training. These costs include course and instructor fees, travel expenses, and the cost of staffing departments while staff is going through the training. The efficiencies provided by HeartCode can save time and money as well as improve CPR skills. HealthStream representatives can help demonstrate the HeartCode ROI for your organization.

HeartCode also makes record-keeping easier making leaders more confident that they have a better handle on staff certifications. Both managers and students receive notifications from HealthStream about certifications that are due to expire within the next month. The system allows managers to easily create reports that show certification dates for each employee. HealthStream also provides a Manikin Sustainment Program that helps users ensure that there is little to no downtime for their VAMS.

The evidence for better CPR training is compelling and new technology can make high-quality CPR a reality for your organization. To learn more about how HealthStream and HeartCode can improve CPR training for your organization, click here.

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