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USciences Team to be Honored at American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Awards

By Jenna Pizzi

group of studentsThe New Jersey American Heart Association will recognize University of the Sciences’ CPR Leadership Team for going above and beyond basic CPR curriculum requirement at an award ceremony on June 1.

The Heartsaver Awards, held at the Robert Wood Johnson Hamilton Center for Health and Wellness in Hamilton, NJ, honor individuals who made a rescue effort to save the life of an individual experiencing a cardiac emergency or any organization or business that takes extraordinary steps to strengthen the American Heart Association Chain of Survival.

The Chain of Survival is five steps crucial to someone experiencing a cardiac arrest, heart attack or stroke. The steps include knowing the warning signs of a cardiac emergency, early CPR, swift use of a defibrillator, advanced care and integrated post-cardiac arrest care.

“We are honored and humbled that the CPR Leadership Team has been identified as an organization that strengthens the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival in our community,” said Assistant Professor of  Clinical Pharmacy Dr. Angela Bingham, who leads the team.  “I am proud of the CPR Leadership Team students who have worked tirelessly to make each link in the Chain of Survival strong through peer-led training.”

students doing cprThe CPR Leadership Team aims to deliver high-quality, affordable or free CPR education to healthcare professional students and underserved community members through health professional student-led training in accordance with the American Heart Association’s Basic Life Support (BLS) standards.

Since January 2015, the CPR Leadership Team has certified 789 individuals in BLS, including more than 600 students from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Health professional student instructors had a 100 percent success rate in students completing BLS skills practice and testing. Those who took the course passed thee written exam with a score of at least 84 percent.

Dr. Bingham has conducted research showing that when students lead the training, it is at least as effective as faculty-led programs based on skill retention and is preferred by those enrolled in the training.

“Participants consistently report that peer-led training enhanced the course and increased their comfort to ask questions,” she said.

At USciences, where there are many different health professional students, the program offers an opportunity for interprofessional education. The program has been further enhanced by interprofessional delivery of CPR education with student instructors from the pharmacy, physician assistant, and physical therapy programs.

Because of the successes of the program, Dr. Bingham said the CPR Leadership Team grew to 17 health professional student instructors in 2016 and in the coming year, the program is looking to further expand efforts to train members of the community.

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