The influence of high fidelity simulation on first responders retention of CPR knowledge

Ruth Everett-Thomas, Vernice Turnbull-Horton, Beatriz Valdes, Guillermo R. Valdes, Lisa F. Rosen, David J. Birnbach

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Introduction: The purpose of this study was to identify the impact of high-fidelity simulation on the retention of basic life support cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) knowledge among a group of healthcare providers (HCPs). Methods: A twenty-five question exam was completed by nurses and nurse technicians over a two-year period before and after mandatory CPR training with high-fidelity simulation. Results: Most HCPs scored near 50% or below the passing score (80%) with a mean range of scores between 28% and 84%. HCPs missed questions on the exam that requested specific details related to technique or human physiology during CPR. Conclusion: The current teaching method for basic life support may be enhanced by using high-fidelity simulation, but this modality alone is not enough to support HCPs retention of CPR knowledge. Additional studies are needed to identify strategies that will help HCPs remember specific and detailed information in the CPR algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-97
Number of pages4
JournalApplied Nursing Research
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • High fidelity simulation
  • Knowledge
  • Retention
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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