Adult resuscitation to kick off new clinical training initiative

The first four minutes following cardiac arrest are the most critical, and a new initiative to foster teamwork and procedural skills in code blue situations will begin next week with a lecture by renowned cardiologist Dr. John Field.

Field’s lecture is required for nurses and residents who could find themselves responding to a patient requiring CPR. It will be offered at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in the hospital auditorium from 11 a.m. to noon on Aug. 13 and 20. Two classes will be held Sept. 8, one from 11 a.m. to noon and one from 6 to 7 p.m.

The new initiative, titled “The First Four Minutes,” is being implemented by the First Four Minute Committee, chaired by John Moyer, director of the Penn State Hershey Simulation Center.

“The ray of hope for these patients begins to fade after just four minutes,” Moyer said. “A well-coordinated response can be the difference between life and death.”

The First Four Minute training will involve timed drills and feedback on CPR quality. It will be conducted on designated units with the goal of having care givers provide the best possible response to code blue events.

All nurses and most residents will be required to undergo this training as it becomes available. The committee expects to initiate training in October with three units and move to another three units within one month. This month-long rotation through the hospital will be repeated throughout the year.

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Last Updated August 06, 2009