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Current findings in research and resuscitation science remind us that there are many factors that contribute to survival in a cardiac arrest event but none as powerful as delivering high-quality CPR. Best practices in the healthcare industry consistently tell us that quality CPR as well as early defibrillation is the foundation in successful resuscitation.

With this in mind, what was already an excellent training program that focused on CPR quality has become even better, now providing its personnel with the tools to receive live feedback during a simulated cardiac event. As part of its continuous attempt towards improvement, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA, has recently added CPRmeter™ to its training program.  The CPRmeters were funded by a ‘Generosity Works’ Grant  from Providence General Foundation.

Tina Stensland, Training Center Coordinator, and Wendy Winters, Simulation Program Coordinator, have added CPRmeter into a program that already includes Resusci Anne® Simulator and SimMan® Essential in an effort to increase awareness of appropriate compression depth, proper recoil, and correct compression rate.

CPRmeter was incorporated in the Center’s training program as a way to complement the great work that has been done with the CPR manikins. CPRmeter is now included in First Responder drills and skills labs, Code Blue drills, ACLS skills check offs and any other simulation training exercise for the multiple teams at hand:  Nursing, PA/ARNP, Physicians, Environmental Services, Security, etc.

The results have been outstanding. “Students see it as a valuable part of their training,” said Winters. "The size and portability of the device allows for easy implementation. Its immediate feedback to the user is relevant, yet basic in a complex situation where proficiency is key to success, therefore enhancing the possibility of a patient surviving cardiac arrest.”

Tina Stensland, RN BSN, Training Center Coordinator
BLS Regional Faculty and ACLS Instructor/Coordinator

Wendy Winters, RN MSN, Simulation Program Coordinator
BLS Instructor, ACLS Regional Faculty/Course Director