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Cardiopulmonary resuscitation surprise drills for assessing, improving and maintaining cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills of hospital personnel

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation surprise drills for assessing, improving and maintaining cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills of hospital personnel

European Journal of Emergency Medicine 14(6): 332-336

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a sudden emergency procedure that requires a rapid and efficient response, and personnel trained in lifesaving procedures. Regular practice and training are necessary to improve resuscitation skills and reduce anxiety among the staff. Western Galilee Hospital has developed simulator programs for surprise CPR training exercises in all hospital departments and units. This study assessed the efficacy of surprise drills. Advanced cardiac life-support instructors performed 131 surprise drills between 2003 and 2005, using a computerized simulation mannequin (SIM 4000). Nine criteria were measured and scored in the drill: reaction time, CPR according to ABC principles, calling for doctor, CPR knowledge, CPR skills, resuscitation management, staff work, resuscitation chart, and defibrillator management. Drills were evaluated, discussed, and compared with previous drills from the same department and from other departments. A gradual improvement was observed in the results of the drills held through 2003-2005, more significantly in the medical departments than in the surgical departments and outpatient clinics. The average score in 2005 was 77.2% (P=0.001), compared with 74% (P=0.012) in 2004 and 59% (P<0.001) in 2003. Major improved criteria were calling for doctor, staff work, CPR knowledge, and defibrillator (P<0.05). It is our belief that surprise resuscitation drills constitute an effective tool to improve performance in case of a real emergency resuscitation, both on a departmental and a general hospital level.

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DOI: 10.1097/mej.0b013e328285d6d6

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