Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Implements American Heart Association's Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program

New dynamic training solution maximizes provider's time and stills to improve patient care!

More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually and the survival rate for adults is only 25%. CPR may seem to be a basic skill for healthcare providers, but research has shown the psychomotor skills related to resuscitation can decay within just three to six months - far below the two-year standard when basic and advanced life support skills are currently evaluated. Cabinet Peaks Medical Center knows the importance of high-quality CPR in saving more lives. That's why they have implemented the American Heart Association's Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program (AHA RQI Program) to help staff maintain skill competency and achieve better outcomes through regular, low dose/high-frequency CPR training.
"With CPMC's implementation of the RQI program, staff will achieve higher CPR proficiency in less time with better skill retention," stated Jeremy Canary, RRT and Cardiopulmonary Manager at Cabinet Peaks. "RQI will teach essential psychomotor skills to provide high-quality CPR to pulseless patients. With more frequent practice of these vital skills, we are in a better position to help patients in emergency cardiovascular situations."
RQI is the latest evolution of dynamic CPR training bringing the learning technology and simulation stations directly to the provider. The subscription-based training program provides the same cognitive and skills modules as a traditional CPR training program, but delivers it quarterly rather than every two years to ensure resuscitation skills remain high.
"The American Heart Association created RQI to teach healthcare providers high-quality CPR in a more effective, concise, and convenient way that drives them to practice and retain these skills with confidence," said Russell Griffin, American Heart Association RQI Program Director. "We are so glad Cabinet Peaks Medical Center has decided to implement RQI and make high-quality CPR a priority in order to improve patient care and help save more lives."
RQI is intended to improve Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support skills, while making training more convenient for healthcare providers. Students can take the cognitive components of testing online and then test their psychomotor skills with real-time feedback by performing CPR at mobile Simulation Stations equipped with adult and infant manikins. Stations can be placed on hospital floors, meaning healthcare providers reduce time away from their patients because they aren't taking time off from work to learn the training and be tested in a classroom course. At each RQI Station, a tablet connects the student to training material and provides helpful audiovisual feedback for compressions and ventilations; monitors the quality of performance; and provides reinforcement or suggestions for improvement.
The 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC and the 2013 CPR Quality Consensus Statement state that high-quality CPR should be recognized as the foundation for all other resuscitative efforts because it increases patient survival. The AHA RQI program helps provide better CPR. Learn more about the problem of rapid skills decay and the solution that RQI offers at www.heart.org/RQI.