The importance of Mock Code Drills and Malignant Hyperthermia Drills
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Quality:
Improving Cardiac Resuscitation Outcomes
Both Inside and Outside the Hospital
A Consensus Statement From the American Heart Association®
- The American College of Emergency Physicians
- The Society of Critical Care Medicine
“Improved individual healthcare provider and resuscitation team performance can also be achieved through the use of simulated resuscitation exercises, or “mock codes.” Use of these kinds of team-training exercises also helps reinforce the importance of human factors in resuscitation team function and may prove to be an important systematic program to improve survival from cardiac arrest. Resuscitation training and education should not be considered a course or a single “event” but rather a long-term progression in the ongoing quest to optimize CPR quality”. Circulation.2013; 128: 417-435
Regular drills or mock codes — at minimum annually — are critical to ensure your facility staff is sufficiently familiar with your emergency policies and procedures, supplies and equipment and prepared for the unexpected.
If your facility is equipped for an Malignant Hyperthermia emergency, an MH drill should be held annually as well.
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospital Organizations (JCAHO)
Standard PC.9.30 Resuscitation services are available throughout the hospital.
- Policies, procedures, processes, or protocols govern the provision of resuscitation services.
- Equipment is appropriate to the patient population (for example, adult, pediatric).
- Appropriate equipment is placed strategically throughout the hospital.
- An evidence-based training program(s) is used to train appropriate staff to recognize the need for and use of designated equipment and techniques in resuscitation efforts.
Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC)
- The organization conducts at least one drill each calendar quarter of the internal emergency and disaster preparedness plan. One of the drills must by a documented cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique drill, as appropriate to the organization. The organization must complete a written evaluation of each drill, and promptly implement any needed corrections or modifications to the plan.
- Drills have been used to increase the emergency preparedness of healthcare professionals and facilities. Research shows that simulation of emergency situations can effectively prepare organizations for such emergencies. Deliberate practice helps ingrain appropriate behaviors. Using case-based scenarios to represent a “real world” emergency allows application of clinical skills, as well as collaboration and coordination of efforts by health care teams. Involvement of all relevant staff in these activities is essential to preparedness. The teamwork that is required during simulations may help to reduce errors. Practice allows the organizations to concurrently assess emergency action plans and teams’ readiness to respond to real emergencies.
Our instructors will organize your mock code drills or malignant hyperthermia drills in your requested format. May include more practice time or real-time scenarios, based on your specific needs.
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