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American Heart Association Recognizes Bayhealth for Resuscitation Success


Bayhealth Kent General is the 3rd U.S. hospital to be awarded the Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA).

This award honors Bayhealth for achieving aggressive goals in improving patient outcomes from in-hospital cardiac arrest.

Winning the gold award is a sweet victory for Angel Dewey, MSN, RN, APN, ACNS-BC, CCRN, CNRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Intensive Care Unit, and Ludmila Santiago-Rotchford, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, PCCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Intermediate Care and Centralized Telemetry Units. After Bayhealth received the silver award last year, the two nurses and their team implemented a series of process changes that more closely tied Bayhealth’s interventions during cardiac arrest to the AHA’s standard of care.

“At Bayhealth, we felt strongly that it was vital to benchmark the care we give against the GWTG Resuscitation database, to ensure that we are resuscitating our patients using the best practices available, said Ann Keane, RN, MSN, MA, NEA-BC, CCRN, Bayhealth Director of Patient Care Services. “The Critical Care physicians and nurses have committed to providing the best possible resuscitation efforts to our patients, and achieving the Gold award is evidence of their dedication.”

When patients stop breathing or their hearts stop beating, each person involved in the response has a specific job. The IMC Nurse is the recorder and the team “coach.”  S/he observes the medical team and ensures that AHA-suggested interventions and medications are being used.

The ICU Nurse leads the intervention process and directs patient care. Supported by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, therapists, and other necessary personnel, the ICU and IMC nurses carry out the AHA’s recommendations.

Dewey and Santiago-Rotchford enter the data from the cardiac arrest and subsequent medical response into the AHA registry.

Each quarter, the nurses run a report that compares Bayhealth’s performance to AHA measures.

The AHA’s “Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation” program is one set of guidelines that Bayhealth uses to develop and implement protocols for reducing disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies. This evidence-based quality improvement program can result in better patient outcomes, with more patients surviving cardiac arrest and eventually being discharged from the hospital.

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