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Centura is First Colorado Health System to Implement Program Targeted to Increase Patient Survival from In-hospital Cardiac Arrest
Innovative program verifies CPR competence and improves quality and performance
(CENTENNIAL, COLO.), 2020 – More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States, with survival rates at less than 26%. Patients who suffer a cardiac arrest must receive the highest quality CPR possible, which is known to be the cornerstone for survival; however, certain studies show CPR skills can decay within three to six months following this training.
Centura Health, the region’s health care leader, recognizes the importance of high-quality CPR competence, performance and delivery in saving more lives. That’s why the Resuscitation Quality Improvement® program (RQI®), co-developed by the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical and delivered by RQI Partners, is being implemented to help the hospital’s clinical staff achieve sustained mastery of high-quality CPR skills and competence, resulting in improved patient outcomes.
Centura Health is the first healthcare system in Colorado to adopt and implement RQI 2020, an enhanced resuscitation quality improvement portfolio that was introduced in 2019. Forty-six RQI simulation stations will be placed throughout Centura Health’s 17 hospitals, which will provide convenient access for healthcare professionals who participate in the program. The RQI program was launched in early July, enrolling more than 12,000 learners.
“Providing top quality, whole person care is at the heart of what we do at Centura. Whether it is an advancement in training, technology or technique, if we can improve patient outcomes, we embrace it,” explained Rachel Miles, Vice President of Nursing Operations for Centura Health. “We are steadfast in our commitment to reduce variation in care and improve clinical outcomes in our communities across Colorado and western Kansas. We are excited to add the RQI program to our learning management system.”
Introduced in 2015, the RQI program was designed for healthcare professionals with responsibility for patient care. Now, RQI 2020 prepares all healthcare system staff members to deliver high-quality CPR and verify competence in Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support through simulated skills sessions and eLearning simulations. The program provides a high-reliability platform for self-directed, simulation-based mastery learning and performance, which is implemented through “low-dose, high-frequency” hands-on CPR quality improvement sessions, in 10 minutes every 90 days, that measure and verify competence each time. The program also provides analytics that can measure individual, department, facility or system compliance.
To provide a complete solution to Centura Health, a brand new offering – RQI Responder – is now available for use by non-clinical healthcare staff who are not directly involved in patient care. The addition of RQI Responder will ensure that every hospital employee, clinical and non-clinical, is prepared to respond to a cardiac arrest event and able to provide high-quality CPR.
“We are excited Centura Health is implementing the RQI program and working with the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical to shift to a new standard of resuscitation care – verified competence,” said Naomi Amaha Gollnick, vice president of Health Strategies at the American Heart Association. “This illustrates the staff’s commitment to making high-quality CPR a priority organization-wide and furthering our mission to improve patient care and help save more lives.”
To learn more about the RQI program and the value it brings to hospitals, patient care and communities at-large, visit www.rqipartners.com.
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