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Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital earns national recognition for efforts to improve cardiac arrest survival

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Silver Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Quality Achievement Award for our commitment to treating in-hospital cardiac arrest, ultimately helping to improve patient survival rates.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. Survival from cardiac arrest is largely dependent on timely medical emergency team response and effective CPR.

The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed to help save lives of patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests by consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.

“Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival after a cardiac arrest,” says Caitlin Manca, MPH, Program Director for Hospital Quality. “Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis.”

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital received the award for meeting specific measures in treating adult patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

“We are pleased to recognize Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital for their commitment in following these guidelines,” said Tia Raymond, MD, National Chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Systems of Care Advisory Group and a pediatric cardiac intensivist at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas. “Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival.”

Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association’s National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, originally launched in 1999 and has collected in-hospital cardiac arrest data from more than 500 hospitals. Data from the registry and the quality program give participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practice and patient outcomes. The data also help improve research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.

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