Does anyone know if specialty units offer their new employees some sort of "code protocol"? The last hospital I worked at did not - needless to say there was a code and it was a mess.....noone really knew what their role should be. CPR was initiated, etc., but the pt did not make it. I felt it could have been h andled better. Any input?????What should a new orientee expect in the way of orientation???? Thanks in advance for your info.
Dec 2, '02
Things must be a bit different here in Australia!
Here every new employeee undergoes mandatory BLS CPR. You must also do a mandatory annual competency.
The training includes a mock setup with Resusi-Annie where you role play your tasks.
Everywhere I have worked follows this education, both rural and metropolitan.
I have just commenced at a big metroplitan hospital where this is a code team. Each unit has a crash cart with a semi automatic external defibrillator.....fantastic. Every nurse is trained in it's use.
The idea is to get defib happening quickly as that first response, with proven better outcomes.
BLS consists of the first 3 people taking specific responsibility for a task. First is on airway, second is on the SAED, third does the calling for help, then chest compressions if required etc. These people remain with their tasks even when the code team arrives.
Critical care staff undertake ALS training, again with annual competency evaluation.
Mandatory CPR training is for every nurse in every unit and updated annually. We have mandatory fire and manual handling annual traing too btw.
Last edit by aus nurse on Dec 2, '02