Effects of Practice on Competency in Single-Rescuer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Oermann et al. Medsurg Nurs. 2014;23(1):22-28

Importance of Conclusion

Brief, frequent practice on manikins with automated feedback is an effective strategy for nurses to maintain skills in single-rescuer CPR.

Key Points

  • Nursing students who practiced CPR skills each month performed more of their compressions with an adequate depth and retained this skill over the duration of 12-months versus students that did not practice CPR each month.
  • Nursing students who practiced monthly CPR retained their ventilations skills when performing single-rescuer CPR, while those that did not receive monthly refreshers had lower ventilations rates and volume that decreased over time.
  • From this study with nursing students, brief but frequent practice on manikins with automated feedback was an effective strategy for maintaining skills in single-rescuer CPR.

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