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Official 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR and ECC Releasing October 2020

The American Heart Association recently announced that the official 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care (2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR & ECC) will be published online on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

We understand that as healthcare providers, you need to be instantaneously prepared and effective in cardiac arrest emergencies as we continue to face the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As you serve on the front lines of saving lives, and in this unprecedented time of physical distancing, the way you deliver CPR and ECC training is evolving. As we work toward the October publication, we are closely working with the American Heart Association evaluating the implications of the new Guidelines on the way we deliver information and training to improve cardiac arrest survival and outcomes – and the impact it has on your hospitals and health systems.

The AHA’s committed to resuscitation science and education

As the global source of the official resuscitation science and education guidelines used by training organizations, the AHA is moving forward with releasing 2020 Guidelines to ensure our hospitals are up-to-date on the very latest resuscitation science and education available.

Integrated directly with American Heart Association science, RQI Partners’ portfolio of digital solutions lead healthcare organizations on a journey to high-quality CPR performance and competence, maximizing lifesaving outcomes. To save more lives, healthcare providers, first responders, and lay rescuers must be competent in delivering high-quality CPR. Additionally, our resuscitation training and education helps patient care teams acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be competent as they work together to improve patient outcomes.

What 2020 AHA Guidelines materials will be released?

The American Heart Association will have the following materials available in English on October 21, with the launch of 2020 Guidelines:

  • All-new AHA Guidelines Website
  • 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC Digital Reprint
  • Highlights of the 2020 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC (in 17 languages)
  • 2020 AHA Guidelines Science In-Service eLearning Course

We plan to share more information in the coming weeks as we feel it is important for our healthcare providers to remain informed about resuscitation science and education updated because we know that high-quality CPR is the primary component in influencing survival from cardiac arrest.

Our digital solutions provide safe, distanced CPR education through a cost-effective platform, unified seamlessly with American Heart Association science. In a changing world that is still evolving, our digital solutions offer comprehensive skills and cognitive CPR education that is safe, distanced, and tailored to the needs of each individual learner. View our mastery learning here.

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American Heart Association Card Extensions Update

Over the last three months, to support you during this challenging time, our parent organizations the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical have released guidance on additional precautions, options for healthcare providers, interim CPR guidance, just-in-time ventilation modules, and course card extensions.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and providers may have more options available, the American Heart Association released new updates for card extensions as of May 20, 2020. AHA Provider and Instructor cards that expired in March and April, and those expiring at the end of May and June can renew their card for up to 120 days from the recommended renewal date on their card.

Beginning in July, the American Heart Association will resume normal timelines for renewing cards. Those with cards expiring at the end of July should plan to renew their cards by the recommended renewal date on their card (July 2020).

Online, adaptive learning course

To address the significant challenges of providing resuscitation in the age of COVID-19, the American Heart Association launched an online, adaptive learning course on April 9, 2020 to coincide with its 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. You can access the free course on our COVID-19 resources destination, or through the direct link here.

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. 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.

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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