Traditional CPR training programs increase CPR knowledge and skill, but significant long-term effects could not be found. Regular and periodic recertification of CPR skills is needed.
Automated testing with feedback effectively detected emergency nurses who needed CPR retraining; this type of training and retesting improved skills to a predefined pass level.
This study shows lack of agreement between human raters and the feedback device in assessing the quality of external chest compressions.
Healthcare assistants and other support staff would benefit from more frequent resuscitation training to develop core BLS skills.
Level of physical and emotional fidelity should relate to specific learning goals, matching the objectives for skill performance.
Helpful feedback provides an awareness of skill level, guides performance improvement and is not a one-size fits all solution.
Criteria for good assessment include validity, consistency, equivalence, feasibility and drives future learning forward.