Verified Competence is the New Standard of Care

We know that rapid delivery of high-quality CPR is each patient’s last chance for survival – and the delivery of poor-quality CPR a preventable harm. But, in the current healthcare environment, Cardiac Arrest survival rates average less than 26%. Furthermore, there is a 42% difference in the odds of survival for patients at similar hospitals with a similar case mix. It’s clear that not all patients are receiving the high-quality CPR they need to survive. The evidence shows that CPR skills performance decays within three to six months following conventional training, which means the existing two-year educational regimen can fall short of competency shortly after receiving training. Despite the efforts of highly trained, motivated healthcare professionals across the country, patients are receiving poor-quality CPR more than 50% of the time. Lives are being lost because High-Quality CPR competence is lacking.

A generic driver's license
A generic driver’s license

“What does your driver license really represent in terms of your driving ability? That license tells that you know how to drive. There is no statement about whether or not you are a good driver. I stipulate the same holds true for your BLS card. It says ‘I knew how to do CPR on the day I was trained.'”

Brian Eigel, PhD, RQI Partners COO

Take a look at your driver’s license. What does it say about you, besides the basic descriptors like your name, height, sex and eye color? Does it say that you are a competent driver?

This card in your wallet only says that you knew how to drive on the day you received it. This could also be said about any given healthcare provider’s BLS card. Since CPR skills decay rapidly, the fact that a provider may carry a BLS card does not necessarily mean that they are capable of performing High-Quality CPR at a moment’s notice.

If you were required to perform a specific skill and had not refreshed your abilities in almost two years, would you feel confident? Would you still feel that way knowing a person’s life was on the line?

You are dedicated to improving the quality and reliability of the care your staff provides. It’s the driving force in your mission to save lives and improve the health of your community. We understand, because that’s what drives us, too.

The ability to consistently administer High-Quality CPR is critical to improving outcomes because it’s the single biggest determinant and the last chance for survival in a cardiac arrest emergency.

Studies show that the conventional 2 year BLS training cycle is not adequate for achieving the mastery learning of High-Quality CPR skills needed to save more lives. Skills decay in as few as 3 months after training is completed. Mastery of skills can only be achieved and sustained through regular, measured practice and continual verification of competence. This is what our patients and our communities expect of us. This is what we as healthcare professionals expect of ourselves– High quality care, consistently delivered.

Verified CPR competence is the new standard of care. It is achieved through an approach that provides regular practice with objective audio and visual feedback, customized to the needs of the learners and accessible near the point of care. The RQI 2020 program can help your organization deliver this new standard of care, and does so at a lower cost than the traditional program. RQI replaces skills decay with verified competency and saves lives.

RQI 2020 – Keynote and Healthcare Leadership Engagement Event

“I’m not sure about you, but I find it hard to think about almost anything in life where you could achieve mastery learning by doing something once every two years. Two-year training is not adequate for day-to-day competence.”

Brian Eigel, PhD, RQI Partners COO

“The time for us to change is now. When we place the patient at the center of everything that we do, we must begin to focus on simulation-based mastery learning. We must begin to deliver on verified competency. This is the new standard of care.”

Russell Griffin, LP, FP-C, RQI Partners Vice President, Strategic Research and Innovation