November 2, 2021By Lance Baily

Resuscitation Training System Serves as Adaptive Learning Tool to Save Lives

Ensuring that healthcare professionals are trained in CPR can help to save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Earning an American Red Cross CPR certification helps these professionals validate that they have the life-saving skills necessary to help resuscitate patients. For this reason, the HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement rolled out an innovative mobile and adaptive resuscitation certification process to help keep all caregivers up-to-date on CPR. In collaboration with HealthStream and the American Red Cross, HCA Healthcare’s suite now gives caregivers the option to recertify at their location, at a time that is convenient for them.

The new American Red Cross CPR certification at HCA Healthcare uses case study data and the latest science to educate colleagues about how to respond to a patient with sepsis or a pregnant patient in respiratory distress. Since the initial pilot program, 100,000 HCA Healthcare colleagues have completed the course, and the numbers continue to increase, according to the Center.

“We want to prevent the resuscitation event — we want our teams competent and quick with CPR like muscle memory — because it is very critical to a patient’s quality of life. We can increase a patient’s chance of survival if our staff knows how to intervene before resuscitation events occur, and we want to be the industry leader, responding quickly and appropriately in the window of prevention,” Justin Laferty, director of Simulation and Technology for the HCA Healthcare Center for Clinical Advancement, said in an HCA Healthcare Magazine article.

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“For decades there was one way to accomplish CPR training, and this new American Red Cross resuscitation suite provides much-needed innovation and improvement to this space,” added Luther Cale, vice president of simulation for HealthStream.

Cale noted that, whether a professional is a nurse with 20 years of experience or a new nurse, the course will adapt them to what you need to know. He says the course ultimately reduces clinicians’ time away from patients and increases their engagement.

“It takes away subjectivity and gives autonomy to the learner. They can complete the objectives 24/7, and once they have done so in HealthStream, the learner can send their completion card directly to human resources, and they can get back to work very quickly,” Laferty said in the HCA article. “We are well over 95% in terms of utilization for all of our acute care hospitals. But this goes beyond nursing ― it includes our ambulatory surgery centers, physicians services group, etc.”


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More About the American Red Cross Resuscitation Suite

HealthStream and the American Red Cross are committed to driving the next decade of quality improvement in resuscitation through continued innovation and accessibility by offering 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.

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.

More About HCA Healthcare

HCA Healthcare, with more than 275,000 colleagues and composed of 186 hospitals and more than 2,000 sites of care in 20 states and the United Kingdom, is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services. By leveraging scale and innovative capabilities, including the new CPR certifications, HCA Healthcare is in a unique position to play a leading role in the transformation of care.

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, privileges, 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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