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Centura is First Colorado Health System to Implement Program Targeted to Increase Patient Survival from In-hospital Cardiac Arrest

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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.) 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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ABOUT CENTURA HEALTH

Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, neighborhood health centers, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, our caregivers make the region’s best health care accessible. We’re on a mission to build flourishing communities and whole person care. We’re Centura Health, and we’re your dedicated health partner for life. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit Centura Health and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

 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 Association’s leadership in science 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.

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.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

 About Laerdal Medical 

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com or call 877-523-7325.

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RQI Partners and IAFC aim to double out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival

Resuscitation programs and education for fire service leaders are central elements to improve survival rates

DALLAS, Feb. 27, 2020 – The American Heart Association states more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States annually. About 90% of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die. A time-critical, life-threatening condition, out-of-hospital cardiac arrest requires optimum performance from emergency medical services (EMS) professionals and victims must receive high-quality CPR to improve the chance of survival.

RQI Partners LLC, a partnership between the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and Laerdal Medical, a global leader in providing healthcare solutions, agrees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) that dismal cardiac arrest outcomes present a public health crisis. Today, RQI Partners and the IAFC, which represents firefighter and emergency responder leadership worldwide, announce their shared commitment and collaboration to help double out-of-hospital survival by 2025 by educating fire service leaders on new resuscitation programs, strategies and resources that can help deliver more positive cardiac arrest results.

“We are pleased to align with the IAFC in taking important and much-needed steps to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival,” said Clive Patrickson, RQI Partners’ chief executive officer. “Combining the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical’s proven resuscitation quality improvement programs for prehospital and public safety responders with the reach and influence of the IAFC will ensure that all professionals who respond to a cardiac arrest event have the tools, skills and knowledge to perform high-quality CPR confidently and competently.”

Last May, the American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation introduced four resuscitation quality improvement programs for prehospital and public safety responders to help increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival in communities. Two programs are designed for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, the core audience the IAFC supports and represents. One targets public safety answering points, where many fire departments have operational oversight, and the fourth program helps EMS systems assess current performance and how to improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates. The programs are delivered by RQI Partners on behalf of the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical.

“The IAFC is pleased to work with RQI Partners to help educate fire service leaders on new resuscitation programs to save more lives,” said Fire Chief Gary Ludwig, IAFC president and chairman of the board. “The resuscitation quality improvement programs and system assessment that are now available to emergency medical services agencies will help our leaders enhance their teams’ CPR readiness when responding to a cardiac arrest and evaluate the effectiveness of their community’s chain of survival.”

Built on the foundation of the Resuscitation Academy’s expertise and success in increasing out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival in Seattle and the Resuscitation Quality Improvement® (RQI®) methodology of verified CPR competence and mastery learning, the programs include:

  • RQI EMS, a blended learning program for EMS providers that promotes mastery of high-quality CPR through short, frequent skills sessions, and RQI for Teams, a high-performance CPR quality improvement program developed for individuals who respond to medical emergencies as a team.
  • RQI Telecommunicator (RQI-T) is a blended educational and resuscitation quality improvement program that provides continuous, simulation-based mastery learning, practice and analytics to telecommunicators for delivery of high-quality telephone CPR to bystanders.
  • Cardiac Arrest System Assessment engages EMS systems on how to improve survival rates from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest through evaluation and measurement of response performance.

To learn more about RQI Partners and its suite of prehospital resuscitation quality improvement programs, visit rqipartners.com. Visit iafc.org to learn more about the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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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 Association’s leadership in science 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.

About the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide. IAFC members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous response, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety legislation. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for its members to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders. Learn more.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Laerdal Medical

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com or call 877-523-7325.

For Media Inquiries, contact:

RQI Partners: Stephanie M. Brown; C: 214-984-0013; stephanie.brown@rqipartners.com

IAFC: Jim Philipps; 703-537-4829; jphilipps@iafc.org

 

 

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Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District implements new program to help improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates in local community

District is first in the U.S. to adopt innovative program that prepares public safety telecommunicators to provide telephone CPR 

HELENS, Ore., October 22, 2019More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States annually, according to the American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives. Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition with about a 10-minute life expectancy without immediate CPR from a bystander. With emergency medical service (EMS) providers, on average, arriving on scene in seven minutes following a 9-1-1 call, the chance of survival significantly improves when Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) telecommunicators guide callers on how to perform CPR.

Columbia 9-1-1- Communications District, the sole Public Safety 9-1-1 Answering Point and dispatch center for all public safety agencies based in Columbia County, recognizes the important role bystanders, with guided assistance from telecommunicators, play in impacting cardiac arrest survival. That’s why RQI-T, Resuscitation Quality Improvement® Telecommunicator, co-developed by the American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation and delivered by RQI Partners, has been  implemented to prepare telecommunicators to deliver high-quality telephone CPR.

Columbia 9-1-1- Communications District is the first PSAP in the United States to adopt RQI-T, a blended educational and resuscitation quality improvement program that provides continuous, simulation-based mastery learning, practice and analytics to telecommunicators for delivery of high-quality telephone CPR to bystanders. The district has 16 employees enrolled in the program.

“It is our strong belief that by partnering with known industry leaders who have a solid and proven track record, coupled with our laser focus on improving performance on cardiac arrest calls, one of the most critical types of 9-1-1 calls, we can reap the RQI-T program benefits for all of the calls we take,” said Mike Fletcher, executive director at Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District.

Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is a time-critical, life-threatening condition that requires peak, high-quality performance. Research shows that continuous resuscitation training for telecommunicators can lead to a significant increase in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival rates and is essential to performing high-quality telephone CPR. RQI-T is delivered through “low-dose, high-frequency” telephone CPR simulation sessions, in 45 minutes every 90 days, and designed to improve telecommunicators’ ability to rapidly identify a cardiac arrest and initiate life-saving interventions.

“We are pleased to work with Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District, an organization that shares our commitment to improving cardiac arrest survival rates, in bringing RQI-T to its telecommunicators and enhancing the larger community’s well-being,” said Clive Patrickson, RQI Partners’ chief executive officer. “Together, we are positioning their telecommunicators to provide high-quality telephone CPR to bystanders, empowering them as the first link in the chain of survival to help save lives.”

Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District’s goal for a quality assurance and improvement program has now been achieved with the adoption of RQI-T. In addition to the telephone CPR simulation sessions, the RQI-T program measures 100% of the cardiac arrest calls processed by the district, providing telecommunicators and administrators with regular feedback on where to improve life-saving medical dispatch. The combination of education and quality improvement activities is expected to yield greater opportunities to save more lives.

To learn more about Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District or RQI-T, visit www.columbia911.com or  rqipartners.com/rqit.

 

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About Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District

The Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District was formed in 1989, consolidating emergency communications performed by individual agencies under one special district. Governed by a board of directors representing five geographic zones within Columbia County, Ore., the district is the sole public safety 9-1-1 answering point and dispatch center for all public safety agencies based in Columbia County. The district provides 9-1-1 call-taking, dispatching and nonemergency communications services for seven law enforcement agencies and five fire districts, including emergency medical dispatch for four fire district-owned ambulance services and one private ambulance.

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 Association’s leadership in science 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.

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.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Laerdal Medical 

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com or call 877-523-7325.

For Media Inquiries:

Contacts:

Lara Marzilli, operations manager; 503-366-6978; lmarzilli@columbia911.com

Mike Fletcher, executive director; 503-366-6971; mfletcher@columbia911.com

 

 

 

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WSU College of Medicine implements resuscitation quality improvement program to prepare future physicians for in-hospital cardiac arrest events

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Marks the first medical school in the nation to adopt innovative program that verifies CPR competence and improves performance and delivery

SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 24, 2019 — More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States with survival rates from adult in-hospital cardiac arrest at less than 26 percent. Patients who suffer a cardiac arrest must receive the highest quality CPR possible, which is known to be the cornerstone for survival. For decades, the CPR training standard for healthcare providers has been Basic Life Support, requiring participants to renew their course completion card every two years. However, studies show CPR skills can decay within three to six months following this training.

Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, which has taken a bold and innovative approach to medical education since its creation in 2015, recognizes the importance of high-quality CPR competence, performance and delivery in saving more lives. That’s why the college has added yet another forward-thinking tactic to preparing future physicians with its adoption of RQI® 2020, (Resuscitation Quality Improvement®). The program, co-developed by the American Heart Association (Association) and Laerdal Medical and launched in January, will help the college’s students prepare for in-hospital cardiac arrest events. RQI 2020 is designed to assist clinical staff achieve sustained mastery of high-quality CPR skills and competence, resulting in improved patient outcomes.

The WSU College of Medicine is the first medical school in the country to implement RQI 2020 and first to include a novel resuscitation learning model in medical education curriculum. The college rolled out the RQI 2020 program for third year and future four-year medical students, with one RQI station located on the Spokane campus and a portable station in rotation at three other campuses across the state.

“Being the first in the nation to provide the RQI 2020 program to our students further exemplifies how we are thinking years ahead to train and prepare our physicians to be healthcare leaders of the future,” said Dr. John Tomkowiak, founding dean at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “We are bringing innovative opportunities to students today to be on the leading edge of medical education, and ultimately healthcare, to improve the quality of patient care and help save more lives.”

Last July, the Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and Laerdal Medical called for a new standard of care by shifting resuscitation practice from course training once every two years to verified competence for healthcare professionals. RQI 2020 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. The program prepares clinicians to deliver high-quality CPR and verifies competence in Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support through simulated skills sessions and eLearning simulations. The program also provides analytics that measure compliance.

“We are excited the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is implementing the RQI 2020 program and taking an early step to introduce its students to a new standard of resuscitation care – verified competence,” said Ted Duncan, American Heart Association executive director in eastern Washington. “The college’s adoption of RQI 2020 illustrates its commitment to creating a learning environment that is tech-forward and groundbreaking and making high-quality CPR competence a priority for its students.”

The college, which was created to fill critical healthcare gaps across the state of Washington, recruits and trains students to serve in rural and urban, underserved communities where they are needed most.

“Similar to the American Heart Association, we remain steadfast in serving communities and people who have little or no access to medical care,” said Dr. Chris Martin, director of simulation based training and clinical assistant professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. “We want to ensure our students are equipped with the skills, knowledge and competence to perform at the highest level during cardiac arrest occurrences; RQI 2020 is a perfect solution to help prepare them for better patient outcomes.”

To learn more about the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine or the RQI 2020 program and the value it brings to healthcare, patient care and communities at-large, visit www.medicine.wsu.edu or www.rqipartners.com.

 

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About Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is Washington’s community-based medical school. Named after Washington State University’s late president, Dr. Elson S. Floyd, the college was created to expand medical education and healthcare access in communities across the state. Accredited in October 2016, the college welcomed its inaugural class in August 2017. For more information, visit medicine.wsu.edu.

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.orgFacebookTwitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Laerdal Medical 

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com or call 877-523-7325.

 

Media Contact:

Christina VerHeul

christina.verheul@wsu.edu

509-368-6850

 

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New best practice approach to resuscitation competence and data management unveiled for hospitals

Combined offering from the American Heart Association and RQI Partners furthers mission to improve resuscitation practices and save more lives from in-hospital cardiac arrest 

DALLAS, August 27, 2019 — An integrated resuscitation product pairing combining the latest in resuscitation science, data management and quality improvement solutions is being offered by the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and RQI Partners, its partnership with Laerdal Medical.

The combination of the Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation (GWTG-R) product suite and the Resuscitation Quality Improvement® (RQI®) program positions hospitals to cohesively refine resuscitation practices and data management to improve patient outcomes. Providing hospital leadership with an expanded and seamless assessment of CPR knowledge, skills, competence, analytics, data management and quality improvement helps prepare clinicians to confidently respond to cardiac arrest events.

“As a hospital system that wants to give every patient who experiences an in-hospital cardiac arrest the best chance of survival, leveraging both of these programs has increased our understanding of cardiac arrest events and improved the preparedness of our staff through frequent CPR practice,” said Michael Kurz, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of post-cardiac arrest service at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Better data management and a more robust learning platform, anchored in quality improvement and verified competence, help us improve practices and save more lives in the process.”

The Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation program is designed to save more lives by preventing in-hospital cardiac arrest and optimizing outcomes through benchmarking data, quality improvement, knowledge translation and research. The program helps define staff knowledge and performance of resuscitation techniques and interventions, a key deficiency for many hospitals. The RQI program dovetails with this data to create a complete solution for quality improvement as well as a culture of resuscitation excellence through its low-dose, high-frequency skills assessment and real-time feedback on staff CPR competence and basic knowledge.

Now, hospitals can combine both programs in an integrated setting, with a customizable data set option within GWTG-R that streamlines and tracks critical data points.

“Connecting the Resuscitation Quality Improvement program, which verifies CPR competence, and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines ® data management is a logical advancement in our mission to impact and improve in-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes and survival rates,” said John Meiners, chief of Mission-Aligned Businesses & Healthcare Solutions for the American Heart Association. “Working together allows hospital administrators and clinical staff to create a complete vision for resuscitation excellence and adherence to evidence-based standards of care.”

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About Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation

GWTG-R facilitates the efficient capture, analysis and reporting of data that empowers and supports the implementation of current guidelines, creation and dissemination of new knowledge, and development of next generation, evidence-based practice in resuscitation science.

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 Association’s leadership in science 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.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

About Laerdal Medical 

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com or call 1-877-523-7325.

Media Contact Info:

Karen Springs; C: 972-259-0350; karen.springs@heart.org

Stephanie M. Brown; C: 214-984-0013; stephanie.brown@rqipartners.com

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Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center implements resuscitation quality improvement program to increase patient survival from in-hospital cardiac arrest

Innovative program, delivered by RQI Partners LLC, verifies CPR competence and improves quality and performance  

SAN DIEGO, July 8, 2019 — 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.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, part of Sharp HealthCare’s multi-hospital system in San Diego County, 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.

Sharp Chula Vista is the first hospital in San Diego County to adopt and implement RQI 2020, an enhanced resuscitation quality improvement portfolio that was launched by the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical in January. The hospital will have seven RQI stations placed throughout the medical center, which will provide convenient access for health care professionals who participate in the program. The hospital launched the program on July 1.

“In keeping with our commitment to provide the safest and highest quality care for patients, I’m pleased to begin offering this new program for employees,” says Pablo Velez, PhD, RN, and chief executive officer at Sharp Chula Vista. “By being the first to offer the RQI 2020 program in San Diego County, we’re leading the way for a new standard of care when it comes to resuscitation best practices.”

Introduced in 2015, the RQI program was designed for health care professionals with responsibility for patient care. Now, RQI 2020 prepares all health care 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 Sharp Chula Vista, a brand new offering – RQI Responder – is now available for use by non-clinical health care 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 Sharp Chula Vista 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 David Lee, M.D., immediate past president of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate. “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.”

Sharp HealthCare hopes to introduce the RQI program at other affiliated hospitals, as well as outpatient services and home health, in 2020.

Watch a video on how the staff at Sharp Chula Vista use this new program to improve and master CPR skills here.

To learn more about the RQI program and the value it brings to hospitals, patient care and communities at-large, visit www.heart.org/RQI and www.rqipartners.com.

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About Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is the largest health care provider in San Diego’s South Bay. With a Planetree-designated 343-bed hospital, as well as a 106-bed expansion currently under construction (opening in late 2019), Sharp Chula Vista is home to the region’s most comprehensive cardiac and oncology programs, and also offers exceptional services for orthopedic care, women and infants, and bloodless medicine and surgery. The Barnhart Cancer Center at Sharp Chula Vista offers world-class cancer care from diagnosis to survivorship. Sharp Chula Vista is one of the largest private employers in South Bay, with more than 2,000 staff, 500 affiliated physicians and 400 volunteers.

About RQI Partners LLC

RQI Partners LLC is a joint venture 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 Association’s leadership in science 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.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a leading force for a world of longer, healthier lives. With nearly a century of lifesaving work, the Dallas-based association is dedicated to ensuring equitable health for all. We are a trustworthy source empowering people to improve their heart health, brain health and well-being. We collaborate with numerous organizations and millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, advocate for stronger public health policies, and share lifesaving resources and information. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1. 

About Laerdal Medical 

Laerdal Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of healthcare solutions, is dedicated to helping save lives with products and services for Simulation, Airway Management, Immobilization, Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support, Patient Care, Self-Directed Learning and Medical Education. Laerdal is pleased to serve all healthcare providers and educators, from the lay rescuer to medical professionals. Laerdal operates sales and support offices in 23 countries worldwide, and with the head office located in Stavanger, Norway. For more information, visit www.laerdal.com or call 877-523-7325.

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Jeanna Vazquez, senior marketing and communications specialist

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The American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation introduce programs for pre-hospital and public safety responders to help increase out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival

Resuscitation quality improvement programs offer a comprehensive solution to help improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes in communities

DALLAS, May 16, 2019 – A suite of resuscitation quality improvement programs for pre-hospital and public safety responders is now available from RQI Partners LLC, the joint venture partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical, to help improve cardiac arrest survival rates in communities nationwide. The programs are created by the American Heart Association, Laerdal Medical and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation — three organizations that created the Resuscitation Academy Collaborative in 2016 to identify and provide best practices to reverse the public health crisis of dismal cardiac arrest outcomes.

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Resuscitation science, technology and emergency dispatch services leaders commit to help double out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival by 2028

Resuscitation quality improvement program, protocols for telecommunicators core components to improve survival rates

DALLAS, April 23, 2019 – The American Heart Association states more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the U.S. annually. Cardiac arrest is a life-threatening condition with about a 10-minute life expectancy without immediate CPR from a bystander. With emergency medical service (EMS) providers, on average, arriving on scene in seven minutes following a 9-1-1 call, the chance of survival significantly improves when Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) telecommunicators guide callers on how to perform CPR.

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RQI Partners LLC enters into an agreement with Learnsoft to market, sell and provide customer access to resuscitation product portfolio 

Move positions company to bring a new standard of care to U.S. hospitals in effort to improve cardiac arrest outcomes

DALLAS, March 20, 2019 – RQI Partners LLC, a joint venture partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical focused on delivering innovative resuscitation solutions to dramatically enhance patient outcomes across healthcare systems, is taking another major step in its goal to implement a new standard of resuscitation quality and patient care in U.S. hospitals. 

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RQI Partners LLC enters into an agreement with HealthcareSource to market, sell and provide customer access to resuscitation product portfolio 

Move positions company to bring a new standard of care to U.S. hospitals in effort to improve cardiac arrest outcomes

DALLAS, Feb. 6, 2019– RQI Partners LLC, a joint venture partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical focused on delivering innovative resuscitation solutions to dramatically enhance patient outcomes across healthcare systems, is taking another major step in its goal to implement a new standard of resuscitation quality and patient care in U.S. hospitals. The company announced today it has entered into an agreement with HealthcareSource®, the leading provider of talent management solutions for the healthcare industry,to market and sell the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical’s co-developed Resuscitation Quality Improvement® program and HeartCode® portfolio of Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support eLearning programs. Additionally, HealthcareSource will provide RQI Partners’ customers access to these programs on HealthcareSource’s learning management system (LMS). The agreement is effective immediately.

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The American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical launch enhanced Resuscitation Quality Improvement portfolio for healthcare

Portfolio verifies CPR competency and brings a new standard of care to U.S. hospitals in effort to improve cardiac arrest patient outcomes

DALLAS, Jan. 15, 2019 – RQI Partners, LLC, a joint venture partnership between the American Heart Association (Association) and Laerdal Medical (Laerdal) focused on delivering innovative resuscitation solutions to dramatically improve patient outcomes across healthcare systems, announced today the launch of RQI 2020, a comprehensive, end-to-end resuscitation quality improvement program that will deliver higher CPR quality at a lower cost to healthcare systems and professionals. The enhanced program marks a significant advancement in the Association and Laerdal’s goal to implement a new standard of resuscitation quality and patient care in U.S. hospitals.

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RQI Partners, LLC enters into an agreement with careLearning to market, sell and provide customer access to resuscitation product portfolio

Move positions company to bring a new standard of care to U.S. hospitals in effort to improve cardiac arrest outcomes

DALLAS, Jan. 8, 2019 – RQI Partners, LLC, a joint venture partnership between the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical focused on delivering innovative resuscitation solutions to dramatically enhance patient outcomes across healthcare systems, is taking another major step in its goal to implement a new standard of resuscitation quality and patient care in U.S. hospitals. The company announced today it has entered into an agreement with careLearning, an online education company designed to help healthcare organizations by providing reliable, trusted and easily-accessible talent management solutions, to market and sell the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical’s co-developed Resuscitation Quality Improvement® program and range of HeartCode® Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support eLearning programs. Additionally, careLearning will provide RQI Partners’ customers access to these programs on careLearning’s learning management system (LMS). The agreement is effective immediately.

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RQI Partners, LLC enters into an agreement with HealthStream to provide access to resuscitation product portfolio

Move positions company to bring a new standard of care to U.S. hospitals in effort to improve cardiac arrest outcomes

DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2018 – RQI Partners, LLC, a joint venture partnership between the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and Laerdal Medical, focused on delivering innovative resuscitation solutions to dramatically enhance patient outcomes across healthcare systems, is taking another significant step in its goal to implement a new standard of resuscitation quality and patient care in U.S. hospitals. The company announced today it has entered into an agreement with HealthStream, a leading provider of workforce and provider solutions for the healthcare industry, to provide its customers access to the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical’s co-developed Resuscitation Quality Improvement® program and range of HeartCode® Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support eLearning programs on HealthStream’s Learning Center™ (HLC). The agreement will be effective January 1, 2019.

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RQI Partners, LLC enters into an agreement with Relias to market, sell and provide customer access to resuscitation product portfolio

Move positions company to bring a new standard of care to U.S. hospitals in effort to improve cardiac arrest outcomes

DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2018 – RQI Partners, LLC, a joint venture partnership between the American Heart Association, the leading voluntary health organization devoted to a world of longer, healthier lives, and Laerdal Medical, focused on delivering innovative resuscitation solutions to dramatically enhance patient outcomes across healthcare systems, is taking another major step in its goal to implement a new standard of resuscitation quality and patient care in U.S. hospitals. The company announced today it has entered into an agreement with Relias, a leading provider of performance metrics, assessments and learning content, to market and sell the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical’s co-developed Resuscitation Quality Improvement® program and range of HeartCode® Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support eLearning programs. Additionally, Relias will provide RQI Partners’ customers access to these programs on Relias’ learning management system (LMS). The agreement is effective immediately.

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Resuscitation science and technology leaders call for paradigm shift to CPR competency to save 50,000 additional lives from preventable cardiac arrest death each year by 2025

The American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical convene nation’s 30 largest health care systems to drive a new standard of patient care

DALLAS, July 26, 2018 – The American Heart Association (Association), the world’s leading voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, and Laerdal Medical (Laerdal), a major, global medical equipment and medical training products manufacturer based in Stavanger, Norway, are furthering their decades-long alliance to deliver a new standard of resuscitation quality and patient care centered on CPR competence. Attendees representing 30 of the nation’s largest health care systems today joined the inaugural RQI® 2020 Keynote and Healthcare Networking Conference in Dallas to better understand how this paradigm shift can prevent tens of thousands of preventable cardiac arrest deaths annually in U.S. hospitals.

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