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Mobile CPR Carts to Provide More Frequent CPR Training to St. John’s Colleagues through American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program

HSHS St. John’s Hospital is implementing the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement program (AHA RQI program). This training will help colleagues maintain skill competency and achieve better patient outcomes through more regular, CPR training. St. John’s will begin the process of educating their colleagues on this new initiative on Monday, Oct. 2.
This will allow St. John’s colleagues to participate in quarterly activities rather than attending a longer CPR class once every two years. RQI is intended to improve basic life support (BLS) and advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) skills, while making training more convenient for health care providers.

Studies show that when recertification takes place every two years, the skills and competence of participants decrease over time. RQI provides high-frequency, low volume educational sessions that allow colleagues to keep their skills sharp in case they are needed. The program provides voice and visual feedback to the person performing the tasks so they know that their compressions and rescue breathing are effective.
Caregivers can take the cognitive components of testing online and then test their psychomotor skills with real-time feedback by performing CPR at mobile simulation stations equipped with adult and infant manikins. Stations will be placed on hospital floors providing increased access to the technology and decreasing the time staff must spend in the classroom setting. At each RQI station, a laptop connects the student to training material, provides helpful audiovisual feedback for compressions and ventilations, as well as monitoring the quality of performance and providing reinforcement or suggestions for improvement.

 “We are excited to begin RQI training on Monday. We will start with our educators, assistant managers and house supervisors,” said Alexis Williams, director of education and professional practice at St. John’s. “They will learn how to use and navigate the RQI carts so they can support our frontline colleagues who will be using them for recertification. Anyone who has direct contact with patients at the bedside is required to have certification BLS and for critical care areas, ACLS is required as well.”
RQI is the latest evolution of dynamic CPR training bringing the learning technology and simulation stations directly to the provider. The training program provides the same cognitive and skills modules as a traditional CPR training program, but delivers it quarterly rather than every two years to ensure resuscitation skills remain high.
Learn more about the problem of rapid skills decay and the solution that RQI offers at www.heart.org/RQI.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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