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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mountain States’ AHA Training Center teaches CPR and more, but also does Mock Code Blue simulations
The Mock Code Blue uses a simulated patient with a life-threatening cardiac/respiratory emergency.

Mountain States’ AHA Training Center teaches CPR and more, but also does Mock Code Blue simulations

When you ask, “What does the American Heart Association Training Center actually do for Mountain States?” most people would answer that we teach classes. While that’s true, the department serves the organization in other ways.

In addition to offering instruction for CPR (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and a Difficult Airway class, the Training Center is also tasked to conduct Mock Code Blue simulations. Training Center team members set up simulated scenarios at Mountain States hospitals that last approximately 10-15 minutes. The mock codes are designed to evaluate how effectively team members respond to a life-threatening cardiac/respiratory patient emergency.

Aspects evaluated during the simulation include: activation of call for assistance, effective use of BLS and ALS skills, and familiarity of team members with the equipment commonly used in a code situation (CPR handle on the bed, crash cart and use of the defibrillator). Immediately after the Mock Code Blue, a debriefing session is conducted with participants to review the outcome of the mock code, including both best practices, as well as, opportunities for improvement.

A summary of the Mock Code Blue is provided to nursing leadership of the facility for review. The goal of the mock code reviews is to positively affect outcomes for all patients cared for at Mountain States Health Alliance. This ensures that the training provided for our team members is utilized in all the facilities, ensuring optimal patient outcomes.