October 11, 2021By Lance Baily

HealthStream Offers Innovative, Competency-Based Adaptive Learning Education Program for ALS, BLS, PALS Certification

Despite rising costs of training, resuscitation rates have not improved in the last decade. Even more concerning is the 42% disparity in the odds of survival post-resuscitation across similar healthcare organizations and cases. For this reason, HealthStream and the American Red Cross are committed to driving the next decade of quality improvement in resuscitation through continued innovation and accessibility by lowering costs industry-wide. Together with the American Red Cross, HealthStream offers a smart, flexible choice for healthcare simulation resuscitation training for ALS, BLS, and PALS.

Their adaptive resuscitation solution focuses on high-performance CPR and ease of program delivery. Through the use of the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite, educators can help improve resuscitation proficiency, easily meet regulatory requirements, and save their healthcare facilities money. This program not only helps reduce seat time and cut hard costs but establishes outcome improvements for high-quality resuscitation training initiatives.

HealthStream understands clients’ needs to deliver quality care and remain compliant while staying on budget. Using the most modern technologies and highest impact learning design, learners can gain confidence from the company’s real-world, adaptive approach to resuscitation competency development. Every element of the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite is focused on improving critical thinking and response time, optimizing a team approach, and decreasing the burden on organizational leaders.

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Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach for every staff member in your organization, the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite features an adaptive learning design to increase effectiveness. With pre-assessments, the program automates a personalized learning plan to optimize seat time and knowledge retention. Mastery-based team response scenarios and purposeful debriefing are used to maximize true competency development and self-efficacy. Ultimately, both HealthStream and the American Red Cross believe that practicing more shouldn’t cost more.

In addition to adapting training to the individual’s competency level to maximize learning effectiveness, being able to set the frequency of skills training is also crucial. Studies show that frequent practice of resuscitation skills sustains optimal performance. Unlike other resuscitation training programs on the market, the Red Cross Resuscitation Suite program comes with an “Interval” capability whereby hospital training staff can adjust the frequency of required skills training to any level they like—for any individual or group of individuals—as many times as they like. This is a standard capability and another feature for optimizing the impact of training.

With the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite, educators can further work to develop high-performing resuscitation teams and reduce time to competence with personalized plans. Compliance can then be easily managed with cascading insights and reminder tools. The program also:

  • Follows well-established guidelines used in U.S. resuscitation programs.
  • Reduces seat time through personalized learning plans, including powerful videos using real clinicians and purposeful debriefing.
  • Offers a range of preferred skills practice intervals (3, 6, 12, 24 months).
  • Promotes mastery through immediate and objective skills feedback, including learner scorecard and blood perfusion on the smart manikins/

The American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite further ensures portability with lightweight smart manikins, easy setup via Bluetooth, and access to digital certificates as the learner, manager, or administrator. With the program, leaders can easily manage program compliance through enterprise and department-level insights or internal communications and remain up-to-date with free, weekly webinars and online communities.

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“The Red Cross program allows for a quantifiable assessment of performance to a standard that can be replicated across the organization. We now have an accurate, measurable way of assessing performance to improve CPR effectiveness,” shared Russell Metcalf-Smith, the simulation education manager at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

By training over recurring intervals, competence can be retained at higher levels for longer periods of time. Exemplifying the effectiveness of the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite, HealthStream reports that over 5,000 facilities are using the program, and more than 500,000 healthcare staff certified in ALS, BLS, and PALS using the program. Adopted in all 50 states in the United States, this solution truly works to ease the burden of program management by deploying the same science in new, innovative ways.

“Healthcare leaders are increasingly open to utilizing a new solution to an old problem that has persisted too long. Based on ILCOR’s scientific guidelines, the world’s most authoritative source for resuscitation knowledge that’s available to everyone, the Red Cross Resuscitation Suite introduces a powerful alternative that we believe can better develop competencies in healthcare staff to save more lives,” added David Markenson, MD, FACEP, FAAP, Chair of the Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, and First Aid Task Force member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).

More About HealthStream

HealthStream is an information technology and services company that is dedicated to improving patient outcomes through the development of healthcare organizations’​greatest asset: their people. The company’s unified suite of solutions is contracted by, collectively, approximately 4.8 million healthcare employees in the U.S. for workforce development, training and learning management, talent management, credentialing, privileging, provider enrollment, performance assessment, and managing healthcare simulation-based education programs.

These solutions help develop and empower people to deliver the highest quality of care. The company understands clients’ need to maximize resources in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. HealthStream has worked side-by-side with 4,000+ healthcare organizations for over 30 years to cultivate a more competent and engaged workforce. Founded in 1990, the company is based in Nashville, Tennessee. HealthStream has additional offices in Brentwood, Tennessee; Jericho, New York; Boulder, Colorado; San Diego, California; and Chicago, Illinois.

HealthStream has received 15 Brandon Hall Excellence in Technology Awards for 2020. These honors demonstrate HealthStream’s ongoing commitment to technological innovation in healthcare workforce development, as well as the ultimate goal of improving healthcare outcomes. The Smithsonian also presented HealthStream with the Computerworld Smithsonian Medallion in recognition of its achievement in its innovative use of technology to empower and advance society.

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