Courses set standard for life support in healthcare

21 November 2016

CORE Immediate and CORE Advanced are today being introduced as standard courses in the New Zealand Resuscitation Council’s Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care (CORE) curriculum. Both courses establish a general and consistent approach to cardiac arrest management, airway skills, and immediate response to other medical emergencies.

CORE Immediate is a practical, skills-based course, while CORE Advanced extends practical skills by developing theoretical knowledge of cardiac rhythms and more advanced interventions. Both CORE Immediate and CORE Advanced are open to any health professional, and the course that a learner chooses will depend on the skills and knowledge expected of them in their professional role.

Communication and human factors feature heavily in the new courses. Dr Richard Aickin, Chair of the New Zealand Resuscitation Council says, “When it comes to saving lives, effective teamwork is essential to improving the chance of a positive outcome for the person in need”. He adds that “Medical emergencies can be stressful, and the scenario training within CORE helps ensure that rescuers have a common understanding during such an event”.

CORE courses include formal assessment, and this allows learners to show that they can provide a given standard of care. “All health professional should feel confident that they can provide high-quality resuscitation in an emergency, and all New Zealanders deserve this confidence should they find themselves in need”, says Aickin.

The launch of CORE Immediate and CORE Advanced ends the formal review of the Council’s curriculum for health professionals that began in 2014. As well as updating the courses and training manuals, the review has simplified the curriculum by replacing four levels of training with the two new courses.

Aickin says that the review has been a major piece of work for the Council and drawn on many hours of voluntary time and expertise. “It’s an exciting milestone to get to this point, and we are really looking forward to seeing how educators and learners respond”, says Aickin.

Feedback on the new courses is welcomed and will be used to refine the courses as necessary.

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