Cardiopulmonary resuscitation and skill retention in emergency physicians

Gillian R. Schmitz, Corey McNeilly, Shelby Hoebee, Erik Blutinger, Jessie Fernandez, Christopher Kang, Sandra Schneider

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Study objectives: The American Heart Association (AHA) recently established the Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) program, which requires physicians to perform quarterly cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skill checks. The aim of this study was to determine if timing of last training impacted skill performance of emergency physicians. Methods: A convenience sample of emergency medicine (EM) physicians was asked to complete a Basic Life Support (BLS) scenario on a manikin. Participants passed the scenario if they successfully performed high-quality CPR. Participants completed a survey to assess clinical experience and timing of prior BLS training. Outcomes were comparisons of skills check pass rates for physicians recently trained in BLS (≤90 days) and those trained >90 days ago and those trained >2 years ago. Results: A total of 113 individuals were included in the study: 87 attending physicians and 26 residents. Overall 92.9% correctly performed CPR with the proper assessment, compression rate, compression depth and rescue breaths. There was no difference between success rates in EM physicians who had BLS training within 90 days (91.7%) and physicians who had not had BLS within 90 days, (93.1%). (p = 1.00) There was no difference in the pass rate of those trained within 90 days (91.7%) to those trained >2 years ago (90.9%) (95CI 0.088, 0.096). Conclusion: There was no difference between delivery of high-quality CPR in EM physicians who had recent BLS training and those who did not.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-183
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Emergency Medicine
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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