Studies conducted by the American Heart Association found that CPR proficiency is best maintained through brief, regular, so-called “low-dose, high-frequency” practice. Of course, most service providers don’t perform CPR as part of their day to day jobs, and few actually get to perform CPR after their certification or recertification. These studies show that unused skills degrade rapidly, with some showing that skills deteriorate 6 months after training. This increases the risk that resuscitation skills won’t be sharp when needed in an emergency, putting victims at risk.
The Resuscitation Quality Improvement program from the American Heart Association provides educational videos, simulated patient cases, and multiple choice exams to healthcare enterprises, including hospitals and emergency care providers, on an ongoing subscription basis. After completing this testing, students take self-directed CPR drills using adult and infant manikins that are readily available 24/7. Tablet-driven, cloud-based software assesses student’s skills to help maintain high-quality CPR abilities.
RQI assesses multiple student skills, including adult and student compressions, ventilations, and CPR. Students must have already completed an AHA-provided CPR course to participate in AHA.
The primary benefit to emergency staff is that the RQI testing and training systems are available in conveniently located areas at their place of work all day, every day. Staff training results are available to facility directors and managers, to ensure that their staff are maintaining their training levels and taking advantage of the system.