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Bayhealth Earns GWTG Award


Bayhealth Kent General received the Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association at a special ceremony at the hospital on August 29.

The recognition signifies that Bayhealth Kent General has achieved quality metrics for cardiopulmonary resuscitation practices based on American Heart Association guidelines consistently for one year.   

Of the 691 hospitals nationwide that participate in the GWTG-R, only five hospitals have achieved Silver Status, one of which is Bayhealth. No hospital is at the Gold level.

The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program aims to help hospital teams save more lives by evaluating cardiopulmonary resuscitation practices. Bayhealth records and submits data on in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation events and patient outcomes. The data obtained through this process assists clinicians to improve resuscitation practices.

Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation helps Bayhealth’s staff develop and implement protocols that can reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies. It provides an evidence-based, quality improvement program of patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective resuscitation and post-emergency care.

“Bayhealth’s dedication to providing excellent care is evident with this award. For a full year, cardiopulmonary arrests which have occurred at Bayhealth Kent General have met high standards. These standards were able to be achieved through ongoing quality improvement processes developed by the nurses in critical care,” said Angeline Dewey MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist for the Intensive Care Unit. “A designated CPR Committee reviews all cardiopulmonary arrests and develops initiatives to achieve the quality metrics set forth by the American Heart Association.”

“Bayhealth’s commitment to Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation puts our quality improvement interventions and strategies into the workflow of care for their patients who experience cardiac arrest,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. “Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival.”         

Pictured at the award presentation are (front) Gurmeet Singh, DO, Critical Care Committee Co-Chair; Angeline Dewey, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, ICU; Tawny Jackson, Director of Quality Improvement, Great Rivers Affiliate, American Heart Association American Stroke Association; Jamie Anthony, RN, CCRN, Clinical Coordinator ICU; (back): Gretchen Massey, BSN, RN, PCCN, Clinical Coordinator IMC; Genna Thompson, RN, Staff Nurse ICU; and Ludmila Santiago-Rotchford, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, IMC.

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