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New resuscitation manikins help to improve CPR to save lives

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New resuscitation manikins help to improve CPR to save lives
20 June 2019

New life-like resuscitation manikins are giving Isle of Wight NHS Trust staff real-time feedback on how well they are performing Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation (CPR).

Eighteen new manikins will assist with resuscitation training across the Trust. The manikins will help benefit patients requiring resuscitation at the hospital by providing feedback to staff during their resuscitation training with the overall aim of ensuring that the best quality CPR can be delivered by staff when required.

The new Little Anne QCPR (Quality Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), Little Junior QCPR and Resusci Baby QCPR manikins come complete with a digital skills meter which gives real-time feedback on the performance of chest compressions and ventilations, assisting with improving and maintaining the quality of CPR provided by staff. 

Four Laerdal Intubation Babies are enabling Maternity and Paediatric staff to use basic and more advanced airway management techniques and equipment taught on their mandatory resuscitation training sessions as well as the national Paediatric Immediate Life Support, Newborn Life Support and Advanced Paediatric Life Support Courses run by the Resuscitation Service.

David Turner, Senior Resuscitation Officer, said: “Good basic resuscitation skills can really save lives and the new resus manikins offer a better quality skill meter which gives our staff immediate feedback on their chest compression depth and release and the rate of compressions, all of which evidence has shown can increase someone’s chance of survival following cardiac arrest.  We are able to give quality feedback to trainees on how effective their resuscitation techniques are so they can measure and improve their performance, in turn increasing chance of survival.

David continued: “The new manikins benefit from the use of modern technology and can be linked up, via Bluetooth, to introduce an element of competition between trainees to see how well they are performing the life-saving skills they have learnt and  giving learners  the experience of what it’s like to perform CPR in high-tension situations with adrenaline flowing.”

The Resuscitation Service is based at St. Mary’s Hospital and consists of three Resuscitation Officers who are all experienced healthcare professionals (Nurses or Operating Department Practitioners) with an interest in clinical resuscitation and management of acutely unwell patients. The team run over 330 courses a year to deliver both basic and advanced resuscitation skills covering newborn, paediatric and adult age groups, to around 2500 NHS staff members.

The role of the Resuscitation Officer is both educational and clinical, delivering resuscitation training courses for Trust staff, as well as attending emergency calls to provide support and guidance to clinical staff in accordance with current resuscitation guidelines and best practice. The Resuscitation Officers are also responsible for resuscitation equipment standardisation and management of the resuscitation review and audit process for all in-hospital cardiac arrest events attended by the resuscitation teams.

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