Sunday, September 24, 2017
Carol Hodges, MSN, RN-BC, Nursing Education Coordinator at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is very pleased with the hospital’s purchase of the Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) simulation station. The RQI program is the state-of-the-art resuscitation training solution from the American Heart Association that delivers quarterly training to support mastery of high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills.
The program is designed to provide a maintenance of competency program for healthcare provider Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), without an instructor or in a class structure. Historically, BLS and ACLS renewals have been based on expiration dates. With the addition of RQI, healthcare workers can now refresh vital CPR skills in minutes every 90 days, maintaining their course completion cards indefinitely.
The focus of the RQI program is the Simulation Station, a mobile cart that contains all of the elements needed to perform quarterly skills assessments. The station is outfitted with adult and infant manikins, bag-valve masks, and a tablet computer. Since the station is moveable, it can go from department to department, where people can practice their skills at any time.
NVRH employees who are required to hold BLS or ACLS certification are entered into the RQI computer; employees automatically receive an email when they are scheduled to renew their quarterly skills. The employee then signs into the system, and the computer tracks everything.
In a demonstration of the unit, the provider is told how to place his or her hands, when to start to compress, how fast or slow to compress and whether the compressions are too deep or too shallow. The provider can practice as many times as he or she desires in order to feel competent at this important life-saving skill.
According to Carol, “Everyone is enthusiastic that we’ve implemented this advanced technology, which helps us think in terms of competency management rather than expiration dates. Ultimately, it’s about patient care and patient outcomes, and those who have used the unit have both learned and had fun in the process! It is also exciting that we are the first hospital in Vermont to implement RQI.”
To learn more, please visit: www.heart.org/rqi.