SPOKANE - Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is the first medical school in the nation to implement an enhanced CPR learning model from the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical into its curriculum.

More than 200,000 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually in the United States with survival rates sitting at less than 26%. For decades, the CPR training standard for healthcare providers has been Basic Life Support, requiring participants to renew their course completion card every two years. However, studies show CPR skills can decay within three to six months following this training.

Recognizing the importance of high-quality CPR competence, performance and delivery in saving more lives, the college has added another forward-thinking tactic to preparing future physicians with its adoption of its Resuscitation Quality Improvement Program (RQI). RQI 2020 is designed to assist clinical staff achieve sustained mastery of high-quality CPR skills and knowledge, resulting in improved patient outcomes.

RQI 2020 provides a high-reliability platform for self-directed, simulation-based mastery learning and performance, which is implemented through “low-dose, high-frequency” hands-on CPR quality improvement sessions, in 10 minutes every 90 days.

The program prepares clinicians to deliver high-quality CPR and verifies competence in Basic Life Support, Advanced Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support through simulated skills sessions and eLearning simulations. The program also provides analytics that measure compliance.