Letter from the Chairman, September 2018
Our Spotlight this month is on optimal resuscitation. Did you know that 1 out of 3 inpatient deaths may be preventable by improved recognition of deteriorating patients and optimal resuscitation strategies? To illustrate, we’re highlighting the Advanced Resuscitation Training (ART) Program developed by Dr. Daniel Davis. At a time when the national average for survival following an in-hospital cardiac arrest is between 15-17%, the ART Program has doubled the US survival rate while also equipping clinicians to recognize deteriorating patients, thus reducing the number of codes.
Since our 2015 video detailing ART, the program has been rolled out to half a dozen hospitals across the country delivering similar results. We hope that this success story will encourage you in progress being made and illustrate that eliminating preventable harm is possible.
To learn more about the actionable solution for Prevention and Resuscitation of In-hospital Cardiac Arrest, click here. Please download and implement it. If you have already implemented this APSS, or any other, and have a learning story to share, please contact Sarah Miller.
This month, more than 100 healthcare leaders will gather for an intimate examination of the six leading causes of preventable deaths at our upcoming Midyear Planning Meeting. Your input matters as we develop solutions to these challenges. We hope you’ll join us! If you cannot join us in person, I encourage you to join the conversation online on Monday, September 17th. Use #PLAN4ZERO.
Last, but certainly not least. As an individual and as a member of the organization you represent, please take action today! Don’t wait another day; don’t hope for zero, plan for zero preventable deaths by implementing all of the APSS and other known processes that will save lives.
Founder and Chairman
Patient Safety Movement Foundation
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