CPCR Training for all Langford Vets Staff
Cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA) is the sudden and complete failure of the circulatory and respiratory systems. Put simply, this is when an animal suddenly stops breathing and their heart stops beating. The body cannot function without oxygen and so, if left untreated, cardiopulmonary arrest results in death.
Immediate recognition of arrest and instigation of cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation (CPCR) is imperative to increase an animal’s chances of survival. In this emergency situation, a well-trained team is essential, as every single member of staff can play a key role. Here at Langford Vets we offer CPCR training to all staff every 6 months. This training is provided, not only to clinical staff but also to members of our reception and office teams.
Last week, intensive care nurse, Tom Smith ran a number of interactive in-house CPCR training sessions. The sessions were fun and informative, as well as an excellent opportunity for team-building. Everyone left with a refreshed knowledge of basic life support and renewed confidence in their own ability to make a difference in an emergency.
We are fortunate enough to have an incredible team of accomplished ICU nurses to provide this type of training to the rest of our team. Tom Smith and Holly Witchell have both achieved the prestigious status of Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS). There are currently just 15 registered veterinary nurses in the UK holding the VTS(ECC) status. Our nurses regularly lecture on topics such as this at external conferences and also visit other local practices to share their knowledge and provide in-house staff training.