Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program Coming to Hannibal Regional


More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually and the survival rate from adult in-hospital cardiac arrest is only 25 percent. CPR may seem to be a basic skill for healthcare providers, but research has shown that psychomotor skills related to resuscitation can decay within just three to six months – far before the two-year standard when basic and advanced life support skills are currently evaluated. Hannibal Regional will soon implement the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program (AHA RQI Program) to help team members maintain skill competency through regular, low-dose/high-frequency high quality CPR training. We are excited to announce we will be the first hospital and medical clinic in the state of Missouri to implement the RQI program!

RQIRQI uses a combination of online learning modules (via HealthStream), patient cases and a mobile skills station to help providers maintain competence in BLS and ACLS. The stations are equipped with adult and infant mannequins and a tablet computer that connects to the training material. After completing the HealthStream modules, Team Members perform self-directed, quarterly skills that take an average of 10 minutes each to complete. The mannequins are designed to be as life-like as possible so they give the same amount of resistance to ventilations and chest compressions as a human body.

RQI assignments can be completed at your convenience. Two mobile skills station carts will always be available to team members for skills practice and testing. One cart will be located on Med Surg 1 and another in HRMG. The RQI carts can be checked out for department meetings for those who would like to complete skills assignment with the help of an instructor or Super-User.

With completion of each quarterly activity, AHA Certification is extended 90 days. As a result certification is always current. Team members will have access to their certification E-Card (via HealthStream) after completion of the first quarter activity.

For more information contact Kim Bouyea at ext. 3581 or Joni Morris at ext. 3587.