The goal of this study was to identify how often 2 independent centers defibrillated patients within the American Heart Association recommended 2-minute time interval following ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia arrest. A retrospective chart review revealed significant delays in defibrillation. Simulation sessions and modules were implemented to train nursing staff in a single nursing unit at a Philadelphia teaching hospital. Recruited nurses completed a code blue simulation session to establish a baseline time to defibrillation. They were then given 2 weeks to complete an online educational module. Upon completion, they participated in a second set of simulation sessions to assess improvement. First round simulations resulted in 33% with delayed defibrillation and 27% no defibrillation. Following the module, 77% of the second round of simulations ended in timely defibrillation, a statistically significant improvement ( P < 0.00001). Next steps involve prospective collection of the code blue data to analyze improvement in real code blue events.
|Original language||American English|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||American Journal of Medical Quality|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2023|
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