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American Academy of Pediatrics releases the Neonatal Resuscitation Program, 8th Edition to elevate neonatal resuscitation, education and training in U.S. hospitals

Coincides with AAP and RQI Partners’ launch of first-ever neonatal resuscitation quality improvement solution

DALLAS, June 8, 2021 – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) debuts the 8th Edition of its internationally recognized Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP®) in June. This Edition of NRP also highlights a strategic alliance, announced last October, with RQI Partners to develop improved educational solutions for neonatal resuscitation training. The 8th Edition of NRP features enhancements to course content, learning levels and education delivery methods that bring greater effectiveness and efficiency to neonatal resuscitation, education and training for healthcare professionals through:

  • Two levels of provider learning: NRP Essentials for all providers who care for newborns or NRP Advanced for professionals who lead newborn resuscitation or participate in complex resuscitations.
  • The NRP Learning Platform™: a new learning management system hosted by RQI Partners designed to optimize responsiveness and efficiency.
  • Two education delivery method options: traditional instructor-led training and the new RQI for NRP, which incorporates the True Adaptive™ learning design. Leveraging artificial intelligence, courses offer personalized instruction tailored to and driven by individual needs, knowledge, actions and performance.

The 8th Edition can be purchased exclusively through RQI Partners, a partnership between and service provider for the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and Laerdal Medical, the world leader in medical simulation and resuscitation training.

For the first time, the AAP’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program combines with the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical’s co-developed Resuscitation Quality Improvement® Program (RQI®) to create RQI for NRP — a new and innovative quality improvement solution. Quarterly, self-directed instruction leads to mastery, maintenance and verified competence on a neonatal simulator for the single most, impactful intervention for newborns needing resuscitation: positive pressure ventilation.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with RQI Partners to introduce RQI for NRP as part of our Neonatal Resuscitation Program, 8th Edition,” said Janna Patterson, MD, MPH, FAAP, senior vice president, Global Child Health and Life Support at the American Academy of Pediatrics. “This groundbreaking program makes low-dose, high-frequency practice of positive pressure ventilation skills easy and accessible for the first time. The innovations included in the 8th Edition will enhance the NRP experience for learners as well as educators and administrators, ultimately improving patient care and outcomes.”

Developed in 1987 by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, the Neonatal Resuscitation Program teaches an evidence-based approach to newborn resuscitation and facilitates effective team-based care for providers who attend to newborns at the time of delivery. Currently, there are more than 400,000 NRP providers and 20,000 instructors in the U.S. alone. RQI, launched in 2015, is a self-directed, simulation-based performance, mastery learning and quality improvement program for healthcare professionals that offers “low-dose, high-frequency” hands-on learning sessions through quarterly CPR skills practice coupled with real-time feedback, debriefing and analytics. The RQI program is currently used by more than 1,000 hospitals nationwide and outside the country.

“Leveraging science from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association’s leadership in resuscitation education and Laerdal Medical’s expertise in neonatal simulation solutions, we have developed another lifesaving resource,” said Clive Patrickson, RQI Partners’ chief executive officer. “RQI for NRP and the complete Neonatal Resuscitation Program, 8th Edition have taken neonatal resuscitation education to a higher plane, positioning clinical providers to set a new standard in emergency care. Together, we are transforming resuscitation for life.”

In addition to influencing neonatal resuscitation educational solutions in U.S. hospitals, the AAP and RQI Partners will maximize novel programs and international collaboration to reach and engage new audiences and customers, further extending the availability of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program around the globe.

For more information about RQI for NRP, visit To learn more about the NRP, visit the AAP website.


About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Laerdal Medical 

Laerdal is dedicated to our mission of helping save lives. For more than 60 years, Laerdal has remained a world leader in healthcare education, training and therapy solutions. Laerdal develops products, programs and digital solutions designed to increase survival and improve patient outcomes. By implementing evidence-based solutions within the areas of resuscitation, patient safety and global health, we address the changing needs of healthcare organizations and help build competence of healthcare providers, educators and lay rescuers. Together with our partners, we believe we can help save one million more lives, every year. Laerdal is a global company in 25 countries worldwide with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit

About RQI Partners LLC

RQI Partners LLC is a partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical, positioning the organizations to deliver innovative solutions that accelerate the impact of their lifesaving mission. The company blends the Association’s leadership in science and resuscitation education with Laerdal’s expertise in technology and implementation to deliver impactful and innovative resuscitation quality improvement programs. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

For Media Inquiries, contact:

RQI Partners: Stephanie M. Brown; C: 214-984-0013;

American Academy of Pediatrics: Lisa Black;