Volume XXX, Number 3,
Surveyor guideline from CMS on CPR certification
CMS issued a revised S&C 14-01-NF that includes information on CPR certification and Appendix PP draft guidance revisions at F155. The revisions included:
The guidance states that “CPR certification that includes an online knowledge component, yet still requires an in-person demonstration and skills assessment to obtain certification or recertification, is acceptable.” Nursing facilities can contact local EMS, Fire Department, Acute Care Partners, Ambulance Companies, American Heart Association, or American Red Cross to locate an instructor with AED knowledge to complete the staff skills validation. The trainer completing the skills validation must be a certified CPR instructor.
Reminder: DADS will be implementing AED requirements that there be at least one person on each shift that is CPR certified and everybody on the shift must know the CPR certified person(s) on their shift.
The new guidance to surveyors can be found by CLICKING HERE.
THCA has requested information from DADS on how this new requirement will be implemented and will keep you informed.
To assist you in complying with DADS requirement to notify EMS providers of the AED placement in your building, THCA has included in this edition of Notes, a notification template for your use.
(CLICK HERE for word .doc version of template)
(CLICK HERE for .pdf version of template)
Also, in light of the new surveyor guidelines for Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification, now is an ideal time to review procedures and checklists addressing CPR and associated emergencies. A list of issues and items to consider is listed below.
Remember, as your population changes and post-acute services continue to grow, so does the general expectation that emergency services are readily available. Advance preparation is key to quality service and improved outcomes.
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