Author: Sam Thompson, RVN, Grad Dip VN, CertVN, ECC, DET

Sam is a qualified teacher and certified RECOVER instructor who has spent more than 10 years working in referral hospitals. While clinical services manager at North Downs Specialist Referrals, she delivered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the whole team. Sam has a passion for teaching and training, and works for Linnaeus as a medical quality manager, and for the RCVS as a Practice Standards Scheme (PSS) Assessor. In her spare time, she runs The VetMed CPR Coach, which provides in-house training to veterinary practices, and BacktoLife retreats, which offers veterinary professionals the time and space to recharge and refine their CPR techniques.

ABSTRACT Most veterinary nurses will experience a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) attempt at least once in their career. It is important that all members of the veterinary team feel confident in performing CPR. This requires training in clinical skills and communication skills, with standard protocols and documentation being an essential part of this process. This article reviews the process of standardising
CPR training, protocols and documentation. It also includes a case review, in which the author reflects on her own experience of standardising CPR at her veterinary practice.
Keywords: cardiopulmonary resuscitation, CPR, standardisation, protocols, training


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