Tulane Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Tulane Medical Center has reached the highest possible goal in using guidelines-based care to improve patient outcomes following in-hospital cardiac arrests.

The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program aims to help hospital teams save lives of those threatened by cardiac arrest by consistently following the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for treatment. These guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-emergency care.

Tulane Medical Center received the award for meeting specific measures in caring for adult cardiac arrest patients. To qualify for the award, hospitals must comply with the quality measures for two or more consecutive years.

“Tulane Health System is passionately committed to providing the highest-quality, evidence-based care to our patients,” said CEO Dr. William Lunn. “The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation 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.”

Tulane Health System’s cardiovascular program offers a full range of diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation options, including the new Grace Anne Dorney Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center and one of the nation’s only chronic total occlusion – or CTO – programs.

“We are pleased to recognize Tulane Medical Center for their commitment following these guidelines,” said Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival.”