Edward-Elmhurst first in Chicago area to use new program to master CPR skills

November 07, 2018
eeh RQI mobile cart

Edward-Elmhurst Health (EEH) is the first health system in the Chicago area to use a mobile system for employees to maintain their certification in BLS/ACLS/PALS (Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support). EEH includes Edward Hospital in Naperville and Elmhurst Hospital.

On Oct. 1, Edward Hospital employees began quarterly skills assessments in BLS/ACLS/PALS through the American Heart Association Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI) Program. Elmhurst Hospital employees will begin using the new program in January 2019. Previously, hospital employees were required to maintain certification through a classroom course every two years.

EEH implemented the RQI Program because research shows CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) skills decline within 3-6 months of certification and national statistics show the survival rate is only 24 percent for individuals who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrest.

“We know that high-quality CPR and early defibrillation is the key to survival for the cardiac arrest victim,” says Amanda Hunt, System Manager, Simulation and Training, Edward-Elmhurst Health. “It is imperative that everyone on the team has optimal CPR skills to give the patient a chance at life.”

In the RQI Program, hospital employees take part in quarterly training to support mastery of high-quality CPR skills. The training is conducted using mobile carts with an RQI manikin that provides interactive feedback to coach the user to compress the chest at the optimal rate and depth to improve the victim’s chance of survival.

 Learn more about Edward-Elmhurst’s CPR and First Aid training available to the public.