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Implementing Aquatics Audits

Evaluate practice scenarios for success and areas of improvement Elissa James, YMCA of Central Ohio, Columbus, Ohio
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Implementing Aquatics Audits Elissa James
YMCA of Central Ohio
Columbus, OH PREPARE PERFORM EVALUATE WE BELIEVE... We believe in our staff 1. Team response vs. lifeguard response.

2. Support during an emergency

3. Videotape, evaluate, and analyze mock drills. We believe in a consistent response At many YMCA’s, the types and levels of certification can vary from position to position. At the YMCA of Central Ohio, we have committed to training every staff person required to respond in emergencies in CPR for the Professional Rescuer. This ensures a uniform approach to all skills during an emergency We believe in practicing and evaluating regularly At the YMCA of Central Ohio, we continually assess our performance through aquatics audits. This tool provide us with a measuring stick and a mechanism for acountability. At many YMCA’s, the types and levels of certication can vary from position to position. At the YMCA of Central Ohio, we have committed to training every staff person required to respond in emergencies in CPR for the Professional Rescuer. This ensures a uniform approach to all skills during an emergency IN SAVING LIVES Ultimate goal in an Aquatics emergency is to save a life through:
A. Providing a defined and consistent response.
B. Having trained staff who know their role and can work together as a team
C. Practicing and evaluating our staff and response regularly. 1. PRACTICE 2. YMCA’s commitment to training - All staff are trained in the same response. (i.e. ASHI, YMCA, ARC, Starguard, etc.)
WHY?
1. Train differently - respond differently.
2. Adequate number of responders
3. Equipment needs.
4. Support in group counting and corrections. Provide a clear Emergency Action Plan for staff - whether in the pool or out.
a. How does the lifeguard or branch staff activate the EAP? Emergency button, phone, walkie-talkie, etc. What starts the plan in motion?

b. This includes when and who calls 9-1-1, who brings additional equipment, how is it implemented, etc.

c. This plan should also include any follow-up information for after the emergency, such as phone calls to be made and forms completed YMCA’s commitment to practice scenarios - all staff are tested regularly at various times to ensure proper training, timely response, appropriate care, and adequate staffing.

We consistently place real “victims” in our pools to ensure we are recognizing an Aquatics emergency and can respond accordingly. We use swim team participants, leisure swimmers, and unidentified “lap swimmers.” A drowning victim could be anyone.

Staff run through the scenario from recognition, through response, and continuing on to care through rescue breathing, CPR, AED, and emergency Oxygen. Debrief immediately after audit and run additional trainings as needed.
a. Trade out
b. In-service together
c. Performance standards and job descriptions
d. Member effect SIDE NOTE: WHY DO WE USE REAL PEOPLE AND NOT MANNEQUINS?
1. Real people have bodies that do not always cooperate.
2. Real people do not always maintain an open airway.
3. Real people can respond in ways mannequins cannot.
4. Real people provide an opportunity for staff to actually check the pulse.
**We always still use mannequins for additional trainings to practice CPR, but not during audits** a. Working together and messing up BIG!

b. Fill in the gaps

c. Preparation of equipment

d. No delay in care
1. YMCA’s commitment to productive feedback
a. The YMCA of Central Ohio provides a scored evaluation along with a video after every audit performed at a YMCA.

i. Consistency in expectations
ii. Comments
iii. Timing
iv. Continued work to be done
b. Follow-up Form
c. Build in training tool
2. Keys to Our Success
a. We believe that creating an environment where skills are practiced regularly will provide our staff with the confidence and knowledge needed should they actually have to perform.
b. We know that with each evaluation, we learn something that will improve our response the next time.
c. We have seen time and time again our staff prevent an accident, make the save, and provide the care that creates a safe YMCA.
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