Stephen M. Schexnayder.
The optimal approach for teaching and maintaining competency in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) remains
unclear. Basic CPR competency is a foudational skill in both basic and advanced life support training and ample
data supports the need to improve ongoing maintenance of competency. Many out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims do
not receive CPR before the arrival of professional rescuers. Video-based instruction effectively trains students more
quickly than traditional classroom based courses and evidence suggests ongoing refresher training benefits skill retention.
Real time feedback devices improve CPR quality in both training and actual resuscitation events. High fidelity simulation
may improve competency in advanced life support training scenarios.
Keywords: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, education, life support, resuscitation, training.
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