Saving Lives

Improving cardiac resuscitation

Challenges in Delivering High Performance CPR: 
The Role of Mechanical CPR


This program is approved for 1.0 Contact hour for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. After watching the webinar, you may go to and register to take the test. Once you have successfully completed the test, you may print out your certificate immediately. You may Download pdf Handout Here



High performance CPR is paramount in survival from cardiac arrest, However, there are many challenges including manual chest compressions are too fast and shallow with too many frequent pauses. Pauses in chest compressions and overventilation have been associated with decreased survival. Mechanical CPR devices provide an alternative to manual CPR and are especially helpful when staff are tired or there are not enough providers to perform the skill. Mechanical CPR devices were recommended in The AHA Guidelines for resuscitation of patients with suspected or confirmed COVID19 infection to minimize exposure of healthcare providers attempting resuscitation.  This webinar will review the mechanical CPR in detail along with advantages and pitfalls.


Learning Objectives.

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe challenges to providing high quality CPR
  2. Discuss the data to support the use of mechanical CPR devices
  3. Discuss the role of Mechanical CPR to minimize exposure during resuscitation events


Faculty Bio:

Nicole Kupchik has practiced as a critical care nurse for over twenty years. In 2008, Nicole lead a team that implemented a formalized Sepsis program at Harborview Medical Center that led to a reduction in mortality, hospital length of stay and a significant cost avoidance.  For this collaborative efforts, she was awarded three Patient Safety & Clinical Leadership awards.

Continuing Education for Nurses, Respiratory Therapists.

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Car. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032.


Support for this educational activity from Stryker

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