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Humboldt General Hospital Implements Program to Increase Patient Survival

More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually and the survival rate from adult in-hospital cardiac arrest is only 25 percent.

CPR may seem like a basic skill for healthcare providers but research shows that psychomotor skills related to resuscitation can decay within just three to six months—far before the two-year standard when basic and advanced life support skills are currently evaluated.

HGH EMS Rescue Chief Pat Songer says Humboldt General Hospital knows the importance of high-quality CPR in saving more lives.

That’s why the facility recently implemented the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program to help staff maintain skill competency and achieve better patient outcomes through regular, low-dose/high-frequency high-quality CPR training.

“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 Songer.

“As a hospital, we are very committed to making high-quality CPR a priority in order to improve patient care and help save more lives.”

Songer said RQI 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.

RQI is intended to improve Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) 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.

Songer said stations can be placed anywhere, even 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.

Songer said all full-time staff members at the hospital will be required to be RQI compliant—including non-patient-care staff members. He said the hospital has more than a dozen “super users” who are available to help.

In 2016, HGH EMS Rescue was named an American Heart Association CPR Training Center. Songer said that new designation certainly prompted participation in the new Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program.

“We recognize that high-quality CPR is the foundation for all other resuscitative efforts because it increases patient survival, and the AHA RQI program helps provide better CPR by dealing with the problem of rapid skills decay,” he said.

Songer said trainers have spent the bulk of 2016 introducing staff members to the new RQI program and helping them be baseline compliant with their Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and CPR skills.

In 2017, the entire group will move to the quarter-based system that will help staff maintain skill competency and achieve better patient outcomes through high-frequency and high-quality training.

“We’ve done away with the every two-year re-certification model,” said Songer. “This frequency and this intensity will help us stay at peak performance every day.”

He added, “We are this community’s lifesavers, and we are taking that responsibility very seriously.”

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