Lake Chelan Community Hospital & Clinics commits to improving Resuscitation outcomes

CHELAN - The American Heart Association’s (AHA) Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program is a groundbreaking new approach to maintaining competence in CPR. It takes CPR training a step farther than traditional training programs, keeping CPR skills fresh through quarterly skills practice.
Performing CPR is not a part of many health care providers’ regular practices. In fact, some rarely perform it other than during bi-annual training. As a result, CPR compression and ventilation skills degrade, and overall CPR effectiveness is reduced
To help Chelan caregivers stay confident in their CPR skills, LCCHC now uses AHA RQI. Its premise says that brief and regular skills practice — referred to as “low-dose/high-frequency” training — leads to higher-quality CPR skills.
The RQI Program uses realistic eSimulation patient cases and a mobile RQI cart equipped with adult and infant manikins for regular psychomotor skills activities. The training provides audio feedback on hand positioning, compression rate and depth and ventilation rate that an alternative CPR manikin simply cannot provide. With focus shifted from course completion to ongoing competency in CPR skills, RQI allows caregivers at LCCHC to more effectively retain lifesaving CPR skills.
“The hospital’s commitment to improving CPR effectiveness will improve patient care and save lives,” said Ray Eickmeyer, LCCHC EMS Director.
Lake Chelan Community Hospital EMS also offers monthly first aid and CPR/AED classes to the community. For more information, visit, email or call (509) 393-8681.

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