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Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) in Canada

Implementing spaced learning and directive feedback for “perfect practice”

A self-guided, fully digital cognitive and skills CPR-learning solution

Many healthcare providers do not perform CPR as a normal part of their daily practice, and some may rarely perform CPR after completing their training course. As CPR compression and ventilation skills degrade from lack of use and practice, so does the overall effectiveness of CPR. As the quality of CPR degrades, this can literally become a matter of life and death for patients. Fortunately, you don’t have to invest hours every day to improve and maintain your proficiency. Brief and regular practice in CPR – low-dose/high-frequency education – has been shown to lead to better skills.

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) programs, supported and endorsed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, offer:

  • a high-reliability platform for simulation-based mastery learning that measures and verifies competence,
  • low-dose, high-frequency quality improvement sessions to prevent skill decay,
  • standardized skills assessment featuring real-time, audiovisual corrective feedback and performance summaries for high-quality CPR skills,
  • smart adaptive eLearning and self-directed skills assessment that support safely distanced education,
  • self-paced learning that can be completed at the point of care and as the providers’ schedules allow,
  • and co-branded AHA and Heart and Stroke eCertifications for Healthcare Provider (BLS), ALS, and PALS.
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“Traditional Basic Life Support training has been the standard for decades, but studies show CPR skills can decay within three to six months following this instruction. The design of the RQI programs bring consistency and frequency to resuscitation education, which are key to improving health care providers’ ability to deliver high-quality CPR when responding to cardiac arrest events. Ensuring every patient has the best chance of survival every time means eradicating ‘skills decay’ and building ‘skills mastery’.”

*Adam Cheng, Director, Research and Development, KidSIM Simulation Program, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Department of Paediatrics, University of Calgary

“HeartCode has been a lifesaver for us. It allows us the flexibility for staffing to meet both our managers’ and associates’ schedules.”
Deb Torman, MBA, MEd, AT, ATC, EMT-P
Canada-South Bruce Grey Health Centre
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Lesley Lambe
“The one major impact that RQI has had on my facilities is compliance. We had a very low compliance rate and now in just 1 year we are over 90% which has never happened in my 12 years in this position. I have the staff who are coming back on their own to complete their next quarter.”
Lesley Lambe, Education Consultant in Learning and Development at Eastern Health
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Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy
“We are focused on improving patient outcomes and decreasing preventable deaths from cardiac arrests – not just in our hospitals, but in our communities. As the first province in Canada to implement the resuscitation quality improvement platform, we are proud to be supporting our staff in their mastery of these lifesaving skills.”
Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Vice President, Research, Innovation and Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive, Nova Scotia Health
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Haley Avery
“The pandemic has really thrown a wrench into how we provide education and CNE’s have consistently had to adapt in so many ways. I support the practice of 220 ED clinical staff so ensuring that staff can maintain BLS and ACLS certification has been very challenging. RQI makes so much sense for accessibility, flexibility and most importantly to ensure that staff are maintaining their competency. I am consistently hearing from learners that they like the RQI approach to learning because of its flexibility and also that it keeps the education content fresh in their mind. Staff no longer need to worry about finding nearby courses or using precious days off to attend. I think RQI is a step in the right direction for us all.”
Haley Avery, Clinical Nurse Educator, Nova Scotia Health
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Lindsay Fraser
“From my perspective, I really like the fact that the staff didn’t just go through the motions of performing CPR on a dummy, they actually improved skills due to the real time feedback, for example a big problem that I identified was staff obtaining a proper seal for bag/mask ventilation, this would not have been identified without the RQI feedback and the quarterly sessions allow staff to maintain their competency and track their progress. The station itself is extremely user friendly and has loads of the most up to date resource material.”
Lindsay Fraser, Clinical Nurse Educator, Nova Scotia Health
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Glenda Howie
“Obtaining BLS was challenging due to instructor availability which worsened with the Covid Pandemic as class sizes were reduced. RQI’s anytime anywhere approach and accessible station makes attaining BLS flexible and convenient. The SIM skills station allows hands on practice and the audiovisual feedback is great for real time improvements in skills. The RQI program has been a positive experience and has improved competence and confidence in our resuscitation team.”
Glenda Howie, Clinical Nurse Educator, Nova Scotia Health
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