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Broaddus Hospital improving competence with American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program

March 27, 2019

Rod Kimble, BA, CCEMT-P, Impact Manager (standing far right) for RQI Partners recognized Broaddus Hospital staff for being an “early adopter” in the American Heart Association’s (Association) Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI®) program. RQI® training has been implemented throughout the hospital including those departments represented in the photo including: nursing, emergency department, quality and risk management, and Mansfield Place.

Philippi, WV – Broaddus Hospital implemented the American Heart Association’s (Association) Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI®) program on October 1, 2017.

“RQI is a new and truly innovative program that has transformed the way hospitals view CPR competency for their staff,” said Alyson Poling, Development Manager for the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement program, Great Rivers Affiliate. “In the past, hospital staff were required to attend a CPR class once every two years. Our science has proved that CPR skills decay occurs in as little as three months.”

Hospital staff members now practice their CPR skills at the point of care (on a hospital floor), using real-time audio-visual feedback in 10-minute sessions every 90 days to achieve and maintain high-quality skills. Healthcare providers using RQI report feeling more confident with their skills, and RQI Analytics prove that CPR quality is improved.

“We’ve had tremendous support from our clinical and medical providers with this new program,” said Broaddus Hospital CEO Dana Gould.  “Our caregivers want to provide the best care to every patient, every time and RQI® is a tool to ensure our quality stands behind our commitment.”

“Broaddus Hospital and Davis Medical Center are second in the state to adopt the RQI® training program,” Gould added.

The RQI program has been developed through a unique collaboration between the Association and Laerdal Medical, wherein the Association provides expertise in evidence-based research and best-practice guidance, and Laerdal Medical provides proven simulation/learning technology.

Utilizing a variety of learning tools with an emphasis on skills mastery through low-dose, high-frequency sessions and performance feedback, the RQI program offers three components: cognitive, psychomotor skills and simulated patient cases.

• Cognitive may involve interactive lectures, videos or web-based content and is targeted to specific provider groups within the hospital and in other healthcare settings.

• Psychomotor Skills sessions monitor and report CQI metrics and equipment used in the healthcare setting, utilizing performance measurements completed within the healthcare facility’s clinical units.

• Simulated Patient Cases require students to assess and treat a virtual patient care scenario and are integral to assessing a student’s ability to apply their RQI skills to a real patient case.

During the skills session/assessment, students are provided real-time, audio/visual feedback through a laptop, and student performance data is archived in a learning management system (e.g. compressions of adequate rate and depth, full chest recoil, minimal interruption to compressions, avoidance of excessive ventilation). This data is used to track and document individual student performance.

“RQI is the gold-standard for resuscitation quality improvement and skills maintenance within hospitals,” said Poling. “There is no other program for medical professionals that addresses skills decay and provides objective feedback. Hospitals credit RQI as a catalyst for a Culture of Resuscitation Excellence in their organization. Above all else, RQI is a clinical quality improvement program that saves lives.”

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About the American Heart Association

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