MRTs maintain up-to-date certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- The timely delivery of CPR can provide significant survival benefits1.
- The quality of the CPR, ventilation and chest compressions, administered has also been shown to be of importance for survival1.
- The majority of in-hospital cardiac arrests are witnessed events, making early CPR and defibrillation possible.
- Specific requirements for CPR certification and recertification are currently set at the institutional level.
- A recent study estimates that actual survival rates for CPR are lower than expected since the CPR isn’t performed correctly – even by healthcare professionals.
- Analysis of recent studies of CPR in healthcare facilities showed that learned CPR skills deteriorate significantly over time2:
- The majority of skill deterioration seems to occur within the first year
- Their recommendation was for refresher training every 6-12 months
- In Canada, both the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation and the St. John’s Ambulance recommend that healthcare professionals recertify in CPR on an annual basis for the best possible outcomes3,4.
- Many institutions encourage their staff to recertify in CPR on an annual basis
- In addition to the patient benefits, MRTs will also be kept up to date with new development in CPR methods and technique.
Abella BS, Alvarado JP, Myklebust H, et al. Quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation during in-hospital cardiac arrest. JAMA. 2005;293(3):305-310.
American Red Cross Advisory Council on First Aid, Aquatics, Safety and Preparedness. ACFASP Scientific Review: CPR Skill Retention. 2009. Available from: http://www.instructorscorner.org/media/resources/SAC/Reviews/CPR%20Skill%20Retention.pdf. [Accessed 4 Apr 2012]
St. John’s Ambulance. Level C CPR and recertification. Available from: http://www.sja.ca/Ottawa/Training/AtWork/Pages/LevelCCPRandrecertification.aspx. [Accessed 4 Apr 2012]
Michener Institute. Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers (CPR) Recertification. Available at: http://www.michener.ca/ce/course_info.php?course_group_id=423. [Accessed 4 April 2012]