Actionable Patient Safety Solutions (APSS)

14A In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

The In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest APSS Blueprint outlines actionable steps healthcare organizations should take to successfully implement and sustain improvements in order to reduce in-hospital cardiac arrest morbidity and mortality. Actionable steps to improve in-hospital cardiac arrest rates and summaries of available evidence-based practice protocols are included:

  • Leadership checklist guide to determine whether current evidence-based guidelines are being followed in your organization
  • Performance improvement plan to follow if improvements are necessary
  • Clinical workflow for in-hospital cardiac arrest prevention and management
  • Knowledge base on early detection and treatment of in-hospital cardiac arrest
  • How to educate patients and family members about in-hospital cardiac arrest prevention, recognition, and treatment
  • In-hospital cardiac arrest resource guide
  • Guidance on how to measure outcomes

The Blueprint is revised annually and is available free of charge on our website.

Hospitals who make a formal commitment to improve in-hospital cardiac arrest and share their successes on the PSMF website have access to an additional level of consulting services.

Executive Summary

The Problem Up to 80% of patients will show symptoms of a potential cardiac arrest up to 24 hours prior (Kim et al., 2015; Schein et al., 1990; Chon et al., 2013) and yet early detection and intervention mechanisms are absent or insufficient. The Cost It has been estimated that the

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