Code Blue: RECOVER CPR for Vet Techs
This lecture is based on the RECOVER guidelines and will review and give focus to the RECOVER initiative. Briefly introduce/review the history of CPR and the RECOVER initiative.
Discuss being prepared for a cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) event (staff and hospital), types of CPA, and signs of impending CPA.
Review the aspects of basic life support (BLS) – discuss compressions (include rate, posture, and technique), airway (patient intubation), breathing rate, and importance of the 2-minute cycle.
Review the aspects of advanced life support (ALS) – drug access, drug administration, ECG rhythms, capnography, use of IV fluids, and defibrillation.
Briefly discuss when to stop CPR and the post-resuscitative patient care.
Go through the team approach, the technician’s role in running a code (team positions), and the importance of communication and debriefing.