Improving in-hospital cardiac resuscitation

Challenges in Delivering High-Quality CPR:

Is It Time for Mechanical CPR?

Nicole Kupchik MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CMC

Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc.


This program is approved for 1.0 Contact hour for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists. After watching the video, you may go to and register to take the test. Once you have sucessfully completed the test, you may print out your certificate immediately. You may view a pdf of the presentation by clicking here.


Learning Objectives:

Although high-quality CPR is the primary component influencing survival from cardiac arrest, there is considerable variations in implementation. For example, manual compressions are often too fast and too shallow with too frequent pauses or interruptions. The use of automatic mechanical CPR devices can provide a consistent rate and depth of compression and is one way of improving the quality of chest compression particularly in situations with staff shortages or fatigue. This webinar will provide a review of the current literature on mechanical CPR addressing both advantages and concerns.


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

  1. Describe the challenges associated with delivery of high-quality CPR in hospitals
  2. Discuss the alternatives to manual CPR
  3. Examine the evidence for the use of mechanical CPR device


Continuing Education for Nurses and Respiratory Therapists

This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hours Continuing Respiratory Care Education (CRCE) credit by the American Association of Respiratory Care, 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX 75063.

This education activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour. Provider approved by California Board of Nursing, Provider # 14477 and the Florida Board of Nursing Provider # 50-17032


Support for this educational activity from Physio-Control, now part of Stryker