Published on: 08/11/2020
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Gold Plus Award for the pediatric and neonate/infant categories. The achievement brings national recognition 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.
“Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for those in our care. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program supports this effort by offering knowledge and guidelines that help us optimize care practice on a daily basis,” said Dr. Jefry Biehler, Senior Medical Director of Quality, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University.
“We are pleased to recognize Nicklaus Children’s for their commitment in following these guidelines,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “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, 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.