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

      Abstract

      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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