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Camden Clark Medical Center receives resuscitation award

Camden Clark Medical Center received the Guidelines-Resuscitation Silver Award from the American Heart Association. (File Photo)

PARKERSBURG — A hospital in Parkersburg has received the Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation Silver Award from the American Heart Association.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center was recognized for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer cardiac arrests in the hospital.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the Heart Association.

The Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed to save lives of those who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment.

Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation and post-resuscitation care.

WVU Medicine Camden Clark received the award for meeting specific measures in treating patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests in the hospital.

To receive this award a hospital must comply with the quality measures for one year.

“Camden Clark is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcome and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation Program. This program 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 Marcella Will, clinical education coordinator.

The association is pleased to recognize Camden Clark for its commitment in following these guidelines, said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, national chairman of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.

“Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival,” he said.

Get with the Guidelines-Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association’s National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.

Started in 1999, the registry has collected in-hospital cardiac arrest data from more than 500 hospitals. Data from the registry and the quality program give participating hospitals feedback on resuscitation practices and patient outcomes and helps improve research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.

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