Does training a paramedic's non-technical skills improve the management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?

Activity: Supervision/Examination/MentoringInternal HDR Supervision


Introduction: There have been significant investments in improving the management of OHCA to improve survival rates. However, despite the technological advancements and improved scientific understanding of cardiac arrest, little improvement in mortality rates has been demonstrated. More recently, non-technical skills (NTS) have been recognised as important in managing cardiac arrest, particularly in the hospital setting.
Objective: This scoping review aimed to explore and describe the literature on how training a paramedic's communication, teamwork, or leadership skills impacts the management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).
Methods: A systematic scoping review of the literature was conducted following the JBI methodology for scoping reviews. Data was extracted using an original characteristics table, and key concepts were identified. A thematic analysis of the data was conducted following Braun and Clarke's six-step framework.
Results: A total of 1174 articles were retrieved for screening. After the first screen, the full text of 31 articles was reviewed. Twenty-two of these articles were excluded due to not meeting the inclusion criteria. Ten articles were included in the final analysis. The findings demonstrated that most studies did not conduct NTS training (60%), and where it was conducted, simulation training and seminar/lecture training were the most common forms of delivery. The most common NTS discussed in the retrieved articles were communication, teamwork and leadership. 60% of articles did not explore or did not demonstrate
PeriodMar 2022Oct 2022
ExamineeAmanda Fitzpatrick
Examination held at
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • resuscitation
  • Paramedicine
  • human factors
  • crew resource management