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Changes Needed to Improve In-hospital Cardiac Arrest Care, Survival
March 13, 2013  | 

Dallas, TX - Policy and practice changes by healthcare institutions, providers and others could greatly improve medical care and improve survival for people who have a cardiac arrest in the hospital, according to an American Heart Association consensus statement in its journal, Circulation.

Statement Highlights:

  • Improving the readiness of hospitals and healthcare providers to deliver science-based, high quality care can improve survival from in-hospital cardiac arrest.
  • Increasing hospital accountability and reporting and standardizing data collection for in-hospital cardiac arrest will allow institutions’ survival rates and performance to be measured and compared.

According to the American Heart Association, only 24.2 percent of in-hospital cardiac arrest patients survive to hospital discharge. Much more could be done to improve in-hospital cardiac arrest care by providers, institutions and the healthcare system, authors said.

A big obstacle to better care for in-hospital cardiac arrest is the inability to gather reliable data, said Laurie Morrison, M.D., M.Sc., statement lead author. “We must be able to count how many in-hospital cardiac arrests occur and report comparable outcomes across institutions — and apply the science to everyday care more quickly,” said Morrison, also the Robert and Dorothy Pitts Chair in Acute Care & Emergency Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Continue>

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