Pullman Regional Hospital recently adopted an innovative training competency for hospital resuscitation (RQI) developed by the American Heart Association that addresses the problem of “rapid skills delay” in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Now clinical staff at Pullman Regional Hospital will be required to perform a hands-on skills test on an adult or child manikin every three months, along with online cognitive learning. The typical standard in healthcare is once every two years but research has shown competency and skills decrease when healthcare workers do not regularly practice this skill.

“You need to practice BLS and ACLS just like a quarterback has to practice throwing the perfect spiral,” said Amber Roberts, R.N., Clinical Education Coordinator at Pullman Regional Hospital.

Pullman Regional Hospital is the only hospital in the Inland Northwest to adopt RQI standards for its staff but Roberts expects this to change, with larger facilities eventually adopting the new standard to ensure patient safety.

 “Increased frequency of training and hands on practice creates muscle memory,” said Roberts. “It increases competency in chest compressions that are fast enough and deep enough to maintain cardiac output. If we practice more often, we’ll save more lives,” said Roberts. 

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