In October 2020 the AHA released the American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. At EMTG we recognise that these evidence-based guidelines transcend CPR and ECC education and are highly effective tools to be used in all our courses.
The Formula for Resuscitation describes 3 interactive factors-guideline quality (medical science), efficient education of patient caregivers (educational efficiency) and a functional chain of survival (local implementation)-as key determinants of survival after cardiac arrest. Introduced as an International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) advisory statement in 2003 and adopted during the Ustein Symposium meeting in 2006 it not only has relevance for cardiac arrest but survival of any significant, high acuity medical event regardless of aetiology.
Modified Formula for Survival
In order to provide better and more effective education for our learners we have adopted the most applicable 6 take-home messages.
Effective education is an essential contributor to improved patient survival and outcomes.
Use of a deliberate practice and mastery learning model during training improves skill acquisition and retention for many critical tasks.
The addition of booster training to courses is associated with improved skill retention over time.
Implementation of a spaced learning approach for training improves clinical performance and technical skills.
The use of CPR feedback devices during resuscitation training promotes CPR skill acquisition and retention.
Teamwork and leadership training, high fidelity manikins, in situ training, gamified learning and virtual reality represent opportunities to enhance training that may improve learner outcomes.
Over the next few weeks we will be discussing how we have integrated these concepts into our educational products at EMTG.