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CPR in the age of social distancing

In today’s climate of social distancing to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), self-directed education and training through Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) and HeartCode Complete support continued CPR competence and preserve current safety protocols. Designed for individual learning, the programs allow providers to remain at the point of care and avoid the closeness of a classroom setting.

“Our technology platforms, simulation stations and solution delivery teams are fully available to health care systems during this critical time,” said Brian Eigel, Ph.D., chief operating officer of RQI Partners, a partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical.

RQI Partners advises medical teams to follow the infection control protocols of their individual facilities and provides guidance from Laerdal Medical in “Basic Cleaning and Maintenance for RQI and HeartCode Complete Equipment and Stations.”

Laerdal Medical has a series of webinars available, “Helping Prepare Your Organization for Coronavirus (COVID-19),” for hospital health care teams to test and improve systems for infection control, personal protective equipment, and management of exposure to high-risk communicable respiratory illness.

RQI Partners is thankful to all healthcare providers for their unwavering commitment during this uncertain time as we all hope to help the health and well-being of people everywhere.

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New Podcast and Resources Now Live at the American Heart Association CPR COVID-19 Webpage

The American Heart Association has released a new podcast, “Insights from King County/Seattle EMS Coronavirus Response,” featuring AHA resuscitation science experts and volunteers Tom Rea, MD, and Michael Sayre, MD.

This podcast reviews lessons learned by EMS and other healthcare providers in King County as they’ve responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Sayre and Dr. Rea also discuss steps EMS and other healthcare providers can take now to prepare for increasing numbers of patients with COVID-19.

Please view the new podcast and additional resources on COVID-19 and CPR training including healthcare provider interim guidance, community FAQs, and more at the AHA’s new COVID-19 CPR & Resuscitation Resources webpage. Stay tuned to this page in the coming days for additional “Insights from the Front Lines.”