Leading a team through a resuscitation attempt

Master the foolproof strategies required for managing any resuscitation attempt effectively.

Christopher R. Tainter, MD
Christopher R. Tainter, MD
13th Aug 2018 • 2m read

Leading a resuscitation attempt can be nerve-wracking! Take your leadership skills to the next level with this fascinating video from our Resuscitation Essentials course, and master the strategies required for managing any resuscitation attempt effectively.

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Optimize the likelihood of patient recovery after cardiac arrest with our Resuscitation Essentials course. Resuscitation is all about making rapid, life-saving decisions in the face of uncertainty. Algorithms can provide structure, but can’t cover every possible scenario. In this course, you’ll avoid one-size-fits-all algorithms and build a deeper understanding of the pathophysiology and critical actions applicable to resuscitation, learning a step-by-step approach for managing any patient experiencing cardiac arrest.

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Video Transcript

[00:00:00] Leading a team during a stressful situation takes a careful balance between patience and assertion. The ability to quickly command attention while remaining focused and efficient takes practice but there are some techniques that can help. First, it's important to identify yourself as the leader. This will help to clarify who should provide instruction and empower yourself into accepting the role. You may say something as simple as, "Okay, I will be leading this resuscitation."

[00:00:30] Next, identify the situation. While it may seem obvious to some, it may not always be immediately clear to everyone what's going on. In order to focus everyone's attention, it's useful to explicitly identify the situation, for example, "The patient is now in cardiac arrest." Finally, identify specific roles. Clearly defined roles can help people focus on specific tasks during a stressful situation. Now, instead of feeling overwhelmed by every aspect of the situation, "Oh, no. My patient is dying,"

[00:01:00] a person can focus their attention in a useful way like, "I need to place an IV." Following these three simple principles can help you provide better leadership during a stressful resuscitation scenario.

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