Perioperative Cardiopulmonary Arrest Competencies

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Although basic life support skills are not often needed in the surgical setting, it is crucial that surgical team members understand their roles and are ready to intervene swiftly and effectively if necessary. Ongoing education and training are key elements to equip surgical team members with the skills and knowledge they need to handle untimely and unexpected life-threatening scenarios in the perioperative setting. Regular emergency cardiopulmonary arrest skills education, including the use of checklists, and mock codes are ways to validate that team members understand their responsibilities and are competent to help if an arrest occurs in the OR. After a mock drill, a debriefing session can help team members discuss and critique their performances and improve their knowledge and mastery of skills.

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