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Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District implements new program to help improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in local community
District is first in the U.S. to adopt innovative program that prepares public safety telecommunicators to provide telephone CPR
HELENS, Ore., October 22, 2019—More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States annually, according to the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives. Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition with about a 10-minute life expectancy without immediate CPR from a bystander. With emergency medical service (EMS) providers, on average, arriving on scene in seven minutes following a 9-1-1 call, the chance of survival significantly improves when Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) telecommunicators guide callers on how to perform CPR.
Columbia 9-1-1- Communications District, the sole Public Safety 9-1-1 Answering Point and dispatch center for all public safety agencies based in Columbia County, recognizes the important role bystanders, with guided assistance from telecommunicators, play in impacting cardiac arrest survival. That’s why RQI-T, Resuscitation Quality Improvement® Telecommunicator, co-developed by the American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation and delivered by RQI Partners, has been implemented to prepare telecommunicators to deliver high-quality telephone CPR.
Columbia 9-1-1- Communications District is the first PSAP in the United States to adopt RQI-T, a blended educational and resuscitation quality improvement program that provides continuous, simulation-based mastery learning, practice and analytics to telecommunicators for delivery of high-quality telephone CPR to bystanders. The district has 16 employees enrolled in the program.
“It is our strong belief that by partnering with known industry leaders who have a solid and proven track record, coupled with our laser focus on improving performance on cardiac arrest calls, one of the most critical types of 9-1-1 calls, we can reap the RQI-T program benefits for all of the calls we take,” said Mike Fletcher, executive director at Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District.
Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a time-critical, life-threatening condition that requires peak, high-quality performance. Research shows that continuous resuscitation training for telecommunicators can lead to a significant increase in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates and is essential to performing high-quality telephone CPR. RQI-T is delivered through “low-dose, high-frequency” telephone CPR simulation sessions, in 45 minutes every 90 days, and designed to improve telecommunicators’ ability to rapidly identify a cardiac arrest and initiate life-saving interventions.
“We are pleased to work with Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District, an organization that shares our commitment to improving cardiac arrest survival rates, in bringing RQI-T to its telecommunicators and enhancing the larger community’s well-being,” said Clive Patrickson, RQI Partners’ chief executive officer. “Together, we are positioning their telecommunicators to provide high-quality telephone CPR to bystanders, empowering them as the first link in the chain of survival to help save lives.”
Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District’s goal for a quality assurance and improvement program has now been achieved with the adoption of RQI-T. In addition to the telephone CPR simulation sessions, the RQI-T program measures 100% of the cardiac arrest calls processed by the district, providing telecommunicators and administrators with regular feedback on where to improve life-saving medical dispatch. The combination of education and quality improvement activities is expected to yield greater opportunities to save more lives.
About Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District
The Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District was formed in 1989, consolidating emergency communications performed by individual agencies under one special district. Governed by a board of directors representing five geographic zones within Columbia County, Ore., the district is the sole public safety 9-1-1 answering point and dispatch center for all public safety agencies based in Columbia County. The district provides 9-1-1 call-taking, dispatching and nonemergency communications services for seven law enforcement agencies and five fire districts, including emergency medical dispatch for four fire district-owned ambulance services and one private ambulance.
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