DMH receives award for responses to cardiac arrest

Davis Memorial Hospital earned the Get With the Guidelines – Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

“This award demonstrates to the community that the hospital follows evidence-based guidelines in order to improve patient outcomes from in-hospital cardiac arrest,” said Michelle Stanton, RN, BSN, director of quality, risk management and service excellence. “We’re pleased to receive the recognition, and patients can be assured that they receive quality and consistent care with us during their hospital stay.”

Rod Kimble, a representative of the American Heart Association (AHA), presented the award to the members of the DMH code blue team, American Heart training staff and others on June 14.

“Your commitment puts our quality improvement interventions and strategies into the workflow of care for your patients who experience cardiac arrest. Your staff have developed and implemented protocols that can reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies,” Kimble said.

The Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation program aims to help hospital teams save more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies by consistently following the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for treating patients who suffer a cardiac arrest in the hospital.

More than 18,800 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year, according to the American Heart Association.

“Davis Memorial Hospital received the award for meeting identified measures in caring for adult cardiac arrest patients,” Stanton said. “Staff development, training and commitment to providing quality care to patients are the keys behind Davis Memorial reaching the required benchmarks and receiving this honor.”

To receive the award DMH demonstrated at least 85 person compliance in each of four Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Recognition Measures.

“Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival,” said Kimble. “This award is not only a celebration for the hospital, but for your patients who are receiving this excellent care and have a higher quality of life because of what you all do.”

Mark Doak, Davis Health System chief executive officer, said providing the best care possible to patients is always a priority and he commends the dedication of DMH’s Code Blue Team and American Heart Training staff.

“Every day our doctors and staff put the care of patients first by following the guidelines and saving more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies,” he said.

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Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers health care teams to save lives and reduce health care costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.