The Utstein Formula for Survival depicts the three components essential to improving survival from sudden cardiac arrest – medical science, educational efficiency, and local implementation. While equally weighted from a mathematical perspective, only recently has education stepped into the spotlight with its fellow factors to exact its importance in the formula for survival. This paradigm shift is important. In an area where education has traditionally been a second consideration, it is now being given the attention it deserves. This newfound reputation is heavily attributed to the 2018 publication of the American Heart Association’s scientific statement: Educational Strategies to Improve Outcomes from Cardiac Arrest.
The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) program is focused on quality improvement for hospitals. One of the GWTG tools is focused on in-hospital resuscitation. How’s that going at your hospital?
We know you are committed to safe, effective resuscitations, but do you know your survival outcomes? How is your hospital compared to others? Let’s look at a Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation (GWTG-R) data set from the Midwest. Read More >
Each year, approximately 350,000 people experience out of hospital cardiac arrest in the United States. That equals 960 instances daily. Most of these events occur at home. Unacceptably, only about one in 10 patients survive to hospital discharge.
The path to improving cardiac arrest outcomes is best described using the mantra, “Measure improve, measure improve.” However, cardiac arrest is a complex incident containing a great many potentially measurable metrics. Where should one start to measure? Read More >
As a nursing professional, I have been caring for patients for more than 30 years. There have been countless times when I have shared words of support, encouragement and comfort, held a hand or just sat quietly next to a patient’s bed.
And I have been in situations where I had to deliver lifesaving care to a patient. My actions and interactions over this 30+-year span may have been small or significant, but they made a difference in the lives of my patients.
In April 2017, I became a patient. And yes, nurses did what they do every day — provided the best and highest quality of care to bring me through a frightening event. It is because of them I am here today to share my story.
In recognition of Nurses Week 2019, I celebrate this great profession, my life’s calling, and salute the many men and women across this country who join me each and every day in making a difference in patients’ lives.
When you have a responsibility for resuscitation quality and patient care, it’s important to understand the full impact that a resuscitation program has on the safety and outcomes of your patients. American Heart Association programs are the Gold Standard for quality and efficacy you can rely on to protect your staff and your patients, and ensure your mission to provide the highest quality of care.
Widely recognized as the leader in resuscitation science and education, the AHA sets the standard for resuscitation quality and cardiac care in the United States. You may not realize this, but the AHA is also the only U.S. organization that is a part of ILCOR (International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation) and the source for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Guidelines in North America.
As 2018 rapidly draws to a close, RQI Partners has taken the opportunity to look back at what an eventful and transformative year this has been.
This year, the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical joined together to host the inaugural RQI 2020 Keynote and Healthcare Networking Conference in Dallas, Texas. Two mission-driven organizations united to revolutionize the standard of care in resuscitation practice and accelerate our mission to save 50,000 additional lives each year. Additionally, the organizations announced the formation of RQI Partners …
This year also saw RQI Partners develop new and impactful partnerships with other trailblazing companies – Relias and HealthStream – that are equally dedicated to this lifesaving mission .
With so much to be thankful for as we approach the Christmas holiday, we are also earnestly looking forward. RQI Partners is eager to continue its mission, extend its reach and save more lives in 2019.
Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from all of us at RQI Partners to you, your friends and loved ones!
The American Heart Association and Laerdal have changed the paradigm for resuscitation practices – and it’s working successfully at leading health care organizations. Learn how these organizations have pioneered the Resuscitation Quality Improvement program as trailblazers for a new standard of care.
This new standard emphasizes mastery learning with low-dose, high frequency quality improvement sessions that measure and verify competence in high-quality CPR. By practicing CPR more often in shorter sessions, knowledge and skills stay sharp, decay is prevented and more lives are saved. Hospital staff are verified as competent to deliver high-quality CPR on any given day, to every patient. The paradigm has shifted from course completion to every day competence for your providers. RQI offers a scalable, high reliability system for the new standard that builds efficiencies, lowers costs and improves patient outcomes and lowers costs.