January 30, 2017 - RQI System Available at Memorial Health System


Jennifer Offenberger, director of marketing and public relations,; (740) 374-1797

RQI System Available at Memorial Health System

(January 30, 2017, Marietta, Ohio)


A new program designed by the American Heart Association has made staying up-to-date with lifesaving information a whole lot easier. In fact, Memorial Health System is the first in this area to offer the program, implementing the RQI System systemwide in October 2016.


The Resuscitation Quality Improvement program, known as RQI, is designed to keep both the cardiopulmonary resuscitation and advanced cardiac life support skills, as well as certification, constantly updated. For CPR and ACLS the skills were required to be updated every two years, meaning every two years a person would have to take the time to retake a class. With that type of program, people often forget what they learned in between the two years. The RQI program allows people to attain the most current skills, which lead to the best response to a cardiac arrest emergency.


“Since the program refreshes skills and knowledge every three months, it keeps people continually current,” Education Services Specialist Claire Mendenhall, said. “They’re not going two years between CPR and ACLS classes. Studies show that hospitals with the RQI system tend to have better patient cardiac arrest outcomes because the staff is constantly updated.”


The program works by having carts with medical manikins placed on them conveniently located throughout the building. Then staff members go to an RQI cart every three months and complete a five-to-eight minute skill session on the cart’s manikins. The American Heart Association requires the person to obtain a current certification card before being entered into the RQI system. For people who have never had a CPR or ACLS class, they will need to complete the traditional course before they are put into the RQI system. Once in the RQI system, staff compliance will be tracked so individuals do not fail to complete the required modules. The RQI system sends an email to employees each quarter as a way to remind them.


This new training technology is only being used by larger hospitals such as Ohio State University Hospital and now Memorial Health System (MHS). There will be seven medical manikin carts at MHS for staff convenience. The medical manikin carts will be located at Marietta Memorial Hospital on the second, third and fourth floors, as well as in the emergency and surgery departments. There will also be a cart at Selby General Hospital and the Belpre Medical Campus.


Unlike most CPR and ACLS classes, employee access to the carts is not limited; they don’t need to schedule anything. It’s designed so that if an employee has a few minutes they can simply go to any cart location and complete his or her training, and after, they will have the most current information and education to provide patients the highest level of care.


The Memorial Health System: The Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit integrated health system governed by a volunteer board of community members that are committed to providing comprehensive services that meet the needs of our region. We are a network of services provided by over 2,500 employees and include two hospitals, outpatient service sites and provider clinics. We partner with our providers to deliver quality care and service with an additional focus on medical education and community service. You can learn more by visiting

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