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Torrance Memorial Honored with American Heart Association Resuscitation Silver Award

Torrance Memorial Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines ®–Resuscitation Silver Quality Achievement 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.

The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience 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-emergency care.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association.

Specifically, Torrance Memorial is awarded for meeting specific measures in treating adult cardiac arrest patients. To qualify for the awards, hospitals must demonstrate compliance with these performance measures at a set level for a designated period.

"The multidisciplinary rescue and resuscitation committee is passionately committed to providing the highest quality evidence-based care to our patients," said Shanna Hall, RN, BSN, MBA, nursing director for Critical Care/Medical Surgical Units. "We consistently go above and beyond what is expected to exceed performance standards from the time a patient suffers a cardiac event throughout all components of treatment in order to ensure the best possible opportunity for survival."

The performance standards are measured by: time to first chest compressions less or equal to one minutes, device confirmation of correct endotracheal tube placement, time to first shock equal to or less than two minutes in patients with pulseless ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation and percent of pulseless cardiac event monitored or witnessed at the time of the event. Torrance Memorial Medical Center has maintained at least 85 percent compliance with these performance recognition measures for the last four years.

"We are pleased to recognize Torrance Memorial for their commitment in following these guidelines," said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "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 as a database of in-hospital resuscitation events from more than 500 hospitals. The data from the registry and the quality program gives participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practice and patient outcomes and help develop research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.
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