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NZ Resuscitation Council - Major Changes to Courses

06 May 2016 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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Emcare April Update I NZRC Conference

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council conference was held earlier this month in Auckland. There are some major changes ahead for how the courses will be delivered, and there will be course specific manuals for the new courses.


Training Guidelines

From the 1st July this year, the NZRC will no longer have Level 4, 5, 6 or 7 courses, but will have CORE Advanced, CORE Immediate or CORE Skills courses. We have included a photo from the conference showing how the current Levels translate.

Good news for those of you that will be sitting the CORE Immediate course - there will be no 'scratch and win' test! For CORE Advanced, there will be a shorter exam than the one that we currently use. For both CORE Advanced and CORE Immediate, there will only be 7 ECG rhythms that will be tested.

There was a lot of discussion about when testing should be performed, and it seems a majority were in favour of this being done outside of the course (either before or after the course). With no firm answer from the conference, we will wait to hear what we can offer. The NZRC have put a lot of thought (and time) into the changes, and it looks promising that this will make a nicer learning experience for all of us.

The guidelines in New Zealand changed in January this year, and we have been teaching these changes on our courses. The main changes to be aware of are:

·         Compression rate has changed to 100 - 120 per minute

·         AEDs are now recommend to be used on all age ranges

·         Updated algorithms can be found on the Emcare website at http://www.emcare.co.nz/resources/resource-category-1

There was a fair amount of Twitter activity from the conference from @EmcareServices or you can search #Guidelines2016 for further information.

Presentations from the conference have been made available online at http://confer.co.nz/nzrc2016/presentations-2/

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