CPR Certification/Re-Certification Matters
Certification in CPR is a basic skill that is often required of student athletic trainers as part of the athletic training educational process. This prepares the students to assist in the case of an emergency while participating in clinical education experiences and sets the tone for future certification requirements. The Board of Certification's (BOC) Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) requirements mandate that all athletic trainers maintain continual CPR certification and be able to provide documentation upon audit of certification without lapse.
Educational programs are not required to teach the basic skill within the program though students are required to know it and have certification by the time they sit for the BOC exam. Students in EKU's MS in AT program receive this certification within the first two weeks of classes as part of their first summer session to make sure they are ready for the upcoming clinical rotations. Our program values excellence in learning these foundational principles that result in patient safety and effective care, and therefore, three out of the five main faculty are all certified to instruct CPR and Basic Life Support through the American Heart Association. Dr. Sabin just went through the re-certification process as an instructor at the beginning of July and both Drs. Fuchs and Sciascia have continued to maintain their certification. The ability to instruct CPR requires maintenance of skills, continued experience teaching course, and constant communication with the local training center. Having multiple faculty with the ability to teach these skills ensures that the most current skills based on the best evidence are being taught to our students, the coaching staffs at EKU and our preceptors as needed.
Matthew J Sabin
Published on July 09, 2018