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Leadership Skills and ACLS Performance
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How would you answer this question?
During advanced cardiac life support, teams of caregivers who had better leadership skills resulted in?
a. Higher quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation
b. Longer time to defibrillation
c. Higher hands-off ratio
d. Lower technical performance
The correct answer is "a" higher quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
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During advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), teams led by the best leaders had the best performance as evidenced by higher quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation, shorter time to defibrillation, lower hands-off ratio, and better technical performance in general.
Performance was evaluated by manikin data and video recording of the resuscitation efforts that are believed to have the highest impact on patient survival: time to defibrillation, hands-off ratio, chest compression rate and depth and respirations. Prior training in leadership skills was significantly associated with greater leadership ability.
Leadership training would be valuable for nurses taking ACLS training and the benefits might spill over into other aspects of patient care such as multidisciplinary collaboration, charge nurse behaviors, and patient education.
From: Yeung J.H.Y., et al. (2012). Factors affecting team-leadership skills and their relationship with quality of cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Crit Care Med, doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3182591fda.
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