Wyoming Medical Center earns Silver Award for resuscitation efforts

By Kristy Bleizeffer Sep 11, 2018

Members of WMC's Code Blue team accept the American Heart Association's Silver Award for our resuscitation efforts.

Wyoming 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.

Wyoming Medical Center received the award for meeting specific measures in treating patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests in the hospital. To receive this award a hospital must demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of four Get With the Guidelines measures for one calendar year.  Wyoming Medical Center will be eligible for the Gold Award in 2019, after demonstrating two years compliance.     

“We are proud of the excellence of our staff's training and their close attention to detail in providing life-saving services. When a patient has a cardiac or respiratory arrest, a team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists assemble and work like race track mechanics in a carefully orchestrated response. Every detail matters, and each aspect of the response is reviewed and the data transmitted to the AHA Get With the Guidelines program to make sure we provide the right care at the right time in the right manner every time. The Silver Award testifies to our success in this complex and critical endeavor,” said Carol Solie, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Wyoming Medical Center.   

“We are pleased to recognize Wyoming Medical Center for their commitment in following these guidelines,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “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.

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