Children’s Hospital Honored With American Heart Association Award

NEW ORLEANS – Children’s Hospital in New Orleans 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, per 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.

         Children’s Hospital received the award for meeting specific measures in treating adult and pediatric 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.

         “Children’s Hospital is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcomes and implementing 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,” said Leron Finger, MD, associate medical director at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.

         “We are pleased to recognize Children’s Hospital for their commitment in following these guidelines,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., 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.”

         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 helps to improve research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation, reps said.

         Since its opening in 1955, Children's Hospital has continually offered the most advanced pediatric care, reps said. With more than 40 specialties, 247 beds and nearly 400 physicians, it is the only full-service hospital exclusively for children in Louisiana and the Gulf South.

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