Resuscitation education: What’s changed and what you need to know

The American Heart Association recently released a statement updating cardiac arrest resuscitation guidelines


Optimizing the educational efficiency of resuscitation training programs and local implementation of resuscitation guidelines can save more lives than scientific breakthroughs in the clinical management of cardiac arrest, according to a scientific statement recently released by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Developing new standards in resuscitation education

Over a decade ago, the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) identified three interactive factors that determine survival following cardiac arrest. These factors included updated medical science, educational efficiency of the caregivers, and local-level implementation. The AHA capitalized on the robust medical science review process already in place to create evidence-based education recommendations with the goal of improving resuscitation performance, both in the classroom and at the bedside.

Committees composed of experts in resuscitation science and education focused their evidence review on six instructional design topics and two knowledge translation and implementation topics. Early in 2017, the AHA held an education summit in Chicago, where the individual committees presented the results of their respective reviews. This statement represents the most up-to-date review of education strategies for improving individual and team performance in caring for patients suffering from cardiac arrest.

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