Eisenhower Health introduces new neonatal resuscitation quality improvement program

Program elevates education and training, verifies neonatal resuscitation competence

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., June 8, 2022 — Today, Eisenhower Health unveiled a new neonatal resuscitation quality improvement program to help its clinical providers elevate the delivery of newborn emergency care. The system’s Family Birth Center introduced RQI® for NRP® (Neonatal Resuscitation Program®), a first-ever solution that is rooted in the Resuscitation Quality Improvement® Program (RQI) and focuses on the most important skill of neonatal resuscitation: positive pressure ventilation.

Last June, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) launched the 8th Edition of its internationally recognized Neonatal Resuscitation Program, developed in 1987 by the AAP and the American Heart Association®. This edition of NRP also highlights a strategic alliance with RQI Partners, a partnership between and service provider for the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical, to develop improved educational solutions for neonatal resuscitation training, with RQI for NRP being a focal point of this new relationship.

“We are excited to hold the distinction as one of the first systems in the U.S. to add RQI for NRP to our resuscitation education and training, which furthers our standing as a trusted name recognized for delivering advanced care, individualized service and exceptional patient experiences — all anchored in a state-of-the-art approach,” said Annette Brown, Eisenhower Health’s chief nursing informatics officer. “Expanding our current RQI BLS and ALS instruction to now include RQI for NRP for our new Maternal Services Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Level 2 provides the most current, safe and effective resuscitation to our newborns based on American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidance. RQI enables our staff to deliver competence; verified, high-quality resuscitation to our newborns that will lead to better patient outcomes.”

The Family Birth Center’s Maternal Services Unit has more than 80 clinicians enrolled in RQI for NRP, including neonatologists, pediatric hospitalists, nurses and respiratory therapists. These learners receive course instruction on one neonatal simulator that is placed at the point of care for 24/7 availability, a key attribute of the RQI program. Co-developed by the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical in 2015, RQI is a self-directed, simulation-based performance, mastery learning and quality improvement program for healthcare professionals that offers “low-dose, high-frequency” hands-on learning sessions through quarterly CPR skills practice coupled with real-time feedback, debriefing and analytics.

As one of the more than 1,000 hospitals nationwide and outside the country that currently use RQI to advance resuscitation education, Eisenhower Health’s healthcare professionals will also benefit from the program’s True Adaptive™ learning design. Leveraging artificial intelligence, courses offer personalized instruction tailored to and driven by individual needs, knowledge, actions and performance.

“RQI for NRP will bring immeasurable value to our many clinicians,” Brown said. “The audio-visual feedback and coaching on critical components of high-quality resuscitation provided through the quarterly, personalized skills sessions will heighten each healthcare professional’s learning potential, increase knowledge retention and place them on a distinctive path to establish a new standard in emergency care.”

For more information about RQI for NRP, visit www.rqipartners.com/nrp. Visit EisenhowerHealth.org for information on Eisenhower Health and the Family Birth Center’s Maternal Services Unit.

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About Eisenhower Health

Eisenhower Health is a not-for-profit, comprehensive healthcare institution that includes the 437-bed Eisenhower Hospital, the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center at Eisenhower and the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. The Betty Ford Center is also located on the Eisenhower campus. Eisenhower is renowned for its Centers of Excellence in Orthopedics, Cardiovascular, Neuroscience and Oncology. Situated on 130 acres in Rancho Mirage, and with outpatient clinics across the valley, Eisenhower Health has provided a full range of quality medical and educational services for 50 years for residents and visitors to the greater Coachella Valley. Eisenhower has twice earned ANCC Magnet Recognition® for professionalism in nursing and excellence in patient care. The first accredited teaching hospital in the valley, Eisenhower trains physician residents in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine. For more information, visit EisenhowerHealth.org or follow Eisenhower Health on social media.

About the American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit www.aap.org.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling +1 800-AHA-USA1.

About Laerdal Medical

Laerdal is dedicated to our mission of helping save lives. For more than 60 years, Laerdal has remained a world leader in healthcare education, training and therapy solutions. Laerdal develops products, programs and digital solutions designed to increase survival and improve patient outcomes. By implementing evidence-based solutions within the areas of resuscitation, patient safety and global health, we address the changing needs of healthcare organizations and help build competence of healthcare providers, educators and lay rescuers. Together with our partners, we believe we can help save one million more lives, every year. Laerdal is a global company in 25 countries worldwide with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com.

About RQI Partners LLC

RQI Partners LLC is a partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical, positioning the organizations to deliver innovative solutions that accelerate the impact of their lifesaving mission. The company blends the AHA’s leadership in science and resuscitation education with Laerdal’s expertise in technology and implementation to deliver impactful and innovative resuscitation quality improvement programs. For more information, visit www.rqipartners.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Contact: Lee Rice; P: (310) 210-6192; Public Information Officer | Eisenhower Health