Low dose- high frequency, case based psychomotor CPR training improves compression fraction for patients with in-hospital cardiac arrest

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  • Background: High quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is critical to improve survival from cardiac arrest. While low dose- high frequency case-based training enhances CPR skill retention, it is unclear if this training method is feasible in a clinical environment and if it yields improved clinical CPR quality during in-hospital cardiac arrest. We evaluated the implementation of a novel platform providing low dose- high frequency psychomotor CPR training and its impact upon CPR quality. Methods: The described training platform was launched on two nursing units (60 beds) in a university teaching hospital. Quarterly utilization of the platform was integrated into normal clinical duties of hospital staff. Simulated CPR performance and staff compliance were evaluated pre- and post-intervention. In addition, clinical CPR performance was evaluated for periods of six months before and after four quarters of implementation (median, IQR). Results: The low dose, high frequency CPR training led to retention of simulated CPR skills (compression rate, depth and fraction) during each quarter exceeding high-quality guideline thresholds. Clinical CPR quality, measured by compression fraction (Pre: 83% (73, 95) and Post: 93% (88, 98), p < 0.001) and rate (Pre: 109 (96, 126) and Post: 120 (108, 130), p = 0.008) increased significantly following platform implementation. Over the intervention period, program compliance was greater than 97%. Conclusions: Low dose-high frequency case based psychomotor CPR training is feasible in a clinical setting with high compliance. In two nursing units, this method of training resulted in enhanced CPR skill retention and improved in-hospital clinical CPR quality.
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  • Resuscitation  Journal
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    Author List

  • Panchal AR; Norton G; Gibbons E; Buehler J; Kurz MC
  • Start Page

  • 26
  • End Page

  • 31
  • Volume

  • 146