WMC adopts HeartCode® for all Basic Life Support certifications

Released: 03/15/18

Caroline Schwickerath, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System general surgeon, is one of the 300+ medical professionals who must be prepared with BLS training at Winneshiek Medical Center. She is pictured performing the skills portion of the training on the HeartCode® manikins.
The Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary assisted with the purchase of the new HeartCode® technology for BLS certification. Auxiliary Board members are pictured with Elly Lensch, WMC Staff Development Coordinator.

Winneshiek Medical Center is taking Basic Life Support training (more commonly known as CPR) to the next level.

Beginning in April 2018, all WMC providers and staff will certify for Basic Life Support (BLS) using the latest technology for quality training and delivery.

The technology is called HeartCode®, and is the official, self-directed, comprehensive e-learning program from the American Heart Association (AHA). It uses eSimulation technology and voice-assisted manikins to teach BLS in adherence to the AHA Guidelines. The program, which includes an adult and infant manikin, was purchased with assistance from the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary.

“The AHA Resuscitation Guidelines focus on the importance of depth of compressions and consistency of compressions and ventilations to aid in quality resuscitation success,” says Elly Lensch, WMC Staff Development Coordinator. Deb Tekippe, staff development RN and BLS instructor adds, “There is growing evidence that simulation-based learning improves BLS quality. Since quality BLS skills are directly related to patient outcomes, we must provide the best possible skills for our staff to care for the patient and increase survival.”

Better for Patient Outcomes

 Every two years, staff undergo rigorous training to maintain their BLS knowledge and skills. Caroline Schwickerath, D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System general surgeon, is one of the 300+ medical professionals who must be prepared with BLS training at Winneshiek Medical Center.   She says, “We never know if we will find ourselves in a situation, either while seeing patients in the clinic or out in the community, when the response of a trained BLS professional is the difference between life and death for someone experiencing cardiac arrest.   The HeartCode® technology will better prepare us for the day we must put our training into action.”

Lensch says, “Our primary Winneshiek Medical Center value is The Needs of the Patient Come First; HeartCode® is an innovative way for us to live out our primary value when our patients need us the most.”

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