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Bayhealth Receives Gold-Standard Resuscitation Award

Monday, August 13, 2018 |
Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus has been awarded the Get With the Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Plus Quality Achievement award  for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests at the hospital.

AHA reports more than 200,000 adults and children suffer a cardiac arrest while in the hospital each year. The goal of the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation program is to save the lives of those who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests. This is achieved by consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. This includes following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely CPR, and post-resuscitation care.

Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus was recognized for meeting specific measures when treating adult in-hospital cardiac arrest patients. To qualify for the award, hospitals must comply with the quality measures for two or more consecutive years. “Our staff is driven to help our patients have the best possible outcomes. Implementing the American Heart Association’s guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” said Clinical Practice Leader Jessica Sapp, BSN, RN, CCRN. “Receiving this gold award from a national organization also shows to our patients that if they suffer cardiopulmonary arrest while here, our staff will provide the help and care they need.”

AHA’s Get With the Guidelines®-Resuscitation program is one set of guidelines Bayhealth uses to develop and implement protocols for reducing disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies. Through the program, Bayhealth team members enter data into the registry and quality program. The data provides feedback on resuscitation practice and patient outcomes as well as improve research-based guidelines.

“We are pleased to recognize Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus for their commitment to following these guidelines,” said Eric E. Smith, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee. “Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival.”

The critical care team features team members from respiratory therapy, nursing, anesthesia, and critical care medicine who all work together to treat a patient in cardiac arrest.

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