September 09, 2020
Tulane Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Silver 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.
More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal 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 (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.
Tulane Medical Center received the award for meeting specific measures in treating adult 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.
"Tulane Medical Center is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcome, and implementing the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis," said Ruth Kain, chief nursing officer for Tulane Health System.
"We are pleased to recognize Tulane Medical Center for their commitment in following these guidelines," said Dr. Lee Schwamm, national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee. "Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival."
Tulane Medical Center additionally received the AHA's Target: Stroke℠ Elite Plus award, Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, and Type 2 Honor Roll Award in 2020.
Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association's National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, originally launched in 1999, and 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 their resuscitation practice and patient outcomes. The data also help improve research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.