PARKERSBURG - Camden Clark Medical Center has received the Get With The GuidelinesResuscitation Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.
The program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment, a press release states.
Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-emergency care.
Some of the cardiac staff responsible for the Silver Distinction Award are, back row, from the left, Michael Gaines, Heath Dennis, Ashley Metts, Wes Collins, H. R. Lockhart, Ryan Garrett, Kathe Deitzler and Kim Bostaph; and front row, from the left, Jo Fitch, Michelle Moore, Danielle Brookover and Theresa Dugan.
More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association.
Camden Clark received the award for meeting specific measures in treating adult cardiac arrest patients. To qualify for the awards, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with these performance measures at a set level for a designated period.
"Camden Clark Medical Center is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcome and implementing the American Heart Association's Get With The GuidelinesResuscitation program that will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis," said Dr. David A. Gnegy, invasive cardiologist.
"We are pleased to recognize Camden Clark for their commitment in following these guidelines," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival."
Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association's National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, launched in 1999 as a database of in-hospital resuscitation events from more than 500 hospitals.
The data from the registry and the quality program give participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practice and patient outcomes and help develop research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.