Humboldt General Recognized for Participation in Groundbreaking CPR Training

Late last month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a local nurse caused a few jaws to drop at a CPR skills test station.

Humboldt General Hospital Chief Flight Nurse Becky Tisue was attending the Emergency Nurses Association conference when she stopped by the station for the assessment. Usually, because CPR skills tests are administered every two years, participants can be a bit rusty on their initial attempts—but Tisue scored 97 percent on her first try.

“That was a great testimonial to us of the power of RQI,” said HGH Nurse Educator Tina Wilson. “The conference people who were presenting the station said they have never had anyone pass with such a high score on the first attempt.”

Humboldt General Hospital installed the Resuscitation Quality Improvement or RQI program last year to provide staff members with the opportunity to test their CPR skills on a quarterly rather than a bi-annual basis.

“The premise is simple,” said Wilson. “Practice is the greatest teacher, so the more our staff members practice, the more ready they are in the event of a true resuscitation emergency.”

Just last week Humboldt General Hospital was recognized for its partnership with the American Heart Association and Laerdal, which manufacturers the equipment for the AMA’s RQI program.

Adreon Fenderson, RQI Partners Impact Manager, presented Wilson with an award recognizing HGH’s leadership in the RQI training. Wilson said HGH actually holds the distinction of being the first hospital in Nevada to acquire the training module.

According to Wilson, Tisue’s experience is just one example of the RQI system’s effectiveness.

“Most of our medical staff do not perform CPR as a normal part of their daily practice,” said Wilson, “so CPR compression and ventilation skills normally degrade from lack of use and practice—and so does the overall effectiveness of CPR.”

“As the quality of CPR degrades,” added Wilson, “this can literally become a matter of life or death for our patients.”

However, Tisue’s experience shows that brief and regular practice in CPR leads to better skills. The RQI program presents realistic patient cases through a mobile simulation station that tests participants’ psychomotor skills.

“This low-dose, high-frequency approach really does help healthcare providers retain their CPR skills,” said Wilson.

In fact, with RQI, providers do not “renew” their course completion cards; they are certified indefinitely. What’s more, each individual’s performance is documented through the system in an effort to track individual performance.

“This has completely changed the way our staff members approach CPR,” said Wilson. “Their confidence and their competence have increased exponentially—and, of course, our patients are the ones who ultimately benefit.”


Photo cutline: HGH Nurse Educator Tina Wilson (pictured at right) was instrumental in bringing the RQI system to Humboldt General Hospital. RQI Partners Impact Manager Adreon Fenderson (pictured at left) recently presented Wilson and HGH with a participation award from the American Heart Association and Laerdal, which manufactures the RQI equipment.