Project Details

BLS/ACLS/PALS Certification Improvement in Dease Lake

Project Status: complete

HSDA: North West

Community: Dease Lake

Physician Lead: Abbott, Brianne

Aim Statement / Goal

To measure and improve the comfort and competence of health care professionals providing cardiac emergency care in the Stikine area by 50% by acquiring a CPR meter and providing on site BLS, ACLS and PALS training over a 6 month period.


A team of  physicians (2), Nurses (5), and a paramedic completed questionnaires before and after receiving additional training and in BLS, ACLS, and PALS in small and remote rural communities inslcuding Dease Lake, Iakut, and Telegraph Creek. It is generally difficult for healthcare staff in remote practice to access this training in community and very beneficial to train together as team. Quantitative data was also collected using a CPR meter to measure rate, depth, and recoil when delivering CPR. Improvements in these measures of quality as well as survey-reported improvements in personal confidence and team confidence highlight the value of bringing this type of training to remote communities.

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