The New Zealand Resuscitation Council (NZRC) announced changes to its educational framework earlier this year, which was phased into the NZRC courses during the second half of the year.
There are now two resuscitation courses for health professionals: CORE Immediate and CORE Advanced. These supersede the previous CORE ‘levels’ 4-7.
What does this mean for oral health practitioners?
When oral health practitioners book their resuscitation training, they will have to select one of the following course options:
CORE Intermediate—for dentists/dental specialists not performing sedation, dental therapists, dental hygienists, orthodontic auxiliaries, clinical dental technicians and dental technicians undertaking restricted activities. Equivalent courses are accepted.
CORE Advanced—for dentists/dental specialists performing sedation, excluding relative analgesia. Only CORE Advanced courses are accepted.
Basic life support—dental technicians not undertaking restricted activities.
Both CORE Immediate and CORE Advanced cover the knowledge and skills in managing a collapsed person, airway management, use of an automated external defibrillator and include resuscitation scenarios with emphasis on communication and teamwork.
A four-hour ‘adult collapse’ module forms the basis of CORE Immediate. CORE Immediate also includes a two-hour ‘child collapse’ module—not necessary for clinical dental technicians and dental technicians undertaking restricted activities. CORE Immediate includes a skills assessment.
CORE Advanced is a full-day course that builds on CORE Immediate to include manual defibrillation and recognition of cardiac rhythms. CORE Advanced also includes a knowledge assessment.