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A message from our Vice President, Strategic Research and Innovation, Russell Griffin

To address the significant challenges of providing resuscitation in the age of COVID-19, the American Heart Association has launched a new online, adaptive learning course to coincide with the recently released Scientific Statement, “Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.”

This course is a complimentary offering with critical information, clinical guidance, and modified algorithms from the AHA for BLS, ACLS and PALS during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage all healthcare providers to complete this course to enable understanding of how to apply the AHA’s interim guidance for the treatment of cardiac arrest victims with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. It can be accessed through a range of electronic devices and platforms including PCs and mobile devices.

This course is another means to deliver on our commitment to support healthcare providers in helping people while protecting their own health and energy, and ensuring they remain competent in lifesaving efforts through effective resuscitation skills.

New CPR COVID-19 Reference

Another new resource, “5 Things Every Healthcare Provider Should Know About CPR for COVID-19 Patients” is available as a downloadable quick reference to reinforce the key points of the Scientific Statement for your provider staff.

In the days and months ahead, we stand ready to assist you to stay safe, healthy and prepared.

Sincerely,


Russell Griffin MBA, LP
Strategic Research and Innovation
RQI Partners, LLC

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COVID-19 guidance and online course update from our COO, Brian Eigel

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, we’re listening and learning, and committed to helping all within our healthcare community on the front lines helping save lives. I’m contacting you today to share a new Scientific Statement, an online learning module and a library of resources to address some of your urgent concerns.

Earlier today, to address the challenges of providing resuscitation in the setting of the COVID-19 global pandemic and to balance the immediate needs of the victims with the provider’s safety, the American Heart Association released a Scientific Statement: Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.

A new online adaptive learning course, developed to support and coincide with the release of the Scientific Statement, will enable healthcare providers to understand how to apply interim guidance to treat cardiac arrest victims with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. This complementary eLearning course: Interim Guidance for Resuscitation of Patients With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 can be viewed on desktop, laptop, mobile device or through a learning management system, and is available for download.

Saving Lives Safely
Along with our parent organizations – the American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical – and our partners at the Resuscitation Academy Foundation – we are committed to delivering COVID-19 resources to ensure providers keep their focus where it needs to be in this moment: helping people and protecting their own health and energy, while ensuring they remain competent for helping save lives through effective resuscitation skills. You can access these resources and new guidance on our COVID-19 Support page. Please use them freely with all of your colleagues.

We’re thankful for the valiant efforts you and your fellow healthcare professionals continue to provide and are privileged to have this opportunity to be of service.

Sincerely,


Brian Eigel, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
RQI Partners, LLC

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Local Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic from Seattle EMS Teams

In an effort to keep other healthcare providers updated on the local response efforts of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Heart Association released a follow-up “Insights from the Front Lines” podcast featuring Dr. Thomas Rea, Medical Program Director for King County EMS, and Dr. Michael Sayre, Medical Director for the Seattle Fire Department and Program Director for the EMS Fellowship at the University of Washington.

Dr. Michael Sayre, Medical Director for the Seattle Fire Department and Program Director for the EMS Fellowship at the University of Washington shared how this team has “continued to build our policies and procedures to keep the workforce safe and try our best to avoid exposures when taking care of patients. However, one thing that’s starting to occur is our workers are getting exposed off duty or potentially on duty maybe to some of their co-workers. So there’s these other means of spread that could impact our workforce and its ability to serve that need. So that’s a challenge and I think we’re continuing to work through that and we’re expanding our first responder testing sites.”

Hear more of the update on the local response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic by Kings County/Seattle EMS and other healthcare providers as they discuss steps EMS and other healthcare providers can take now to prepare for increasing numbers of patients with COVID-19. Listen to the full podcast here.

Stay tuned to this page in the coming days for additional “Insights from the Front Lines.”