TITUSVILLE, FLA. – (Feb. 7, 2020) — Parrish Medical Center (PMC) is pleased to announce a partnership
with the American Heart Association and Laerdal Medical® to save more
lives following a cardiac arrest with a new CPR simulation training program
called Resuscitation Quality Improvement® or RQI®.
“Poor-quality CPR is preventable harm,” said PMC Vice President
Communications, Community and Corporate Services Natalie Sellers.
“We’re proud to be the first in Brevard to offer the gold standard
in CPR simulation training to our care partners with RQI®, a performance
improvement program, which serves to support resuscitation quality and
skill mastery in accordance with the gold standard recommended by the
American Heart Association every time, ” said Sellers.
PMC’s Clinical Education Specialist Ericka Jacobs added “Recently,
I heard a saying that I believe exemplifies RQI and PMC’s commitment
to our community; ‘practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect
practice makes perfect.’
“We can do CPR every single day, but if we aren’t doing it
correctly then we are promoting a cycle of poor performance and even worse
patient outcomes. RQI stops this cycle,” said Jacobs.
According to the American Heart Association, every year 475,000 people
die from cardiac arrest in the U.S. As recognized patient safety leaders,
PMC envisions a world where no one dies from cardiac arrest. The implementation
of the RQI simulation CPR training program is an important step toward
achieving that goal.
“The more we as healthcare providers can practice these life-saving
skills, the more competent and confident we become when a matter of seconds
can save a person’s life following cardiac arrest,” said Parrish
Medical Center Emergency Department Medical Director Greg Cuculino, MD.
“Parrish Medical Center care partners have the skills, technology,
and competence they need to deliver the highest quality care to patients—blending
the art of healing with the science of advanced cardiovascular medicine,”
added Dr. Cuculino.
To learn more, watch Parrish Medical Center’s RQI video