ELKINS - Davis Medical Center recently earned the Get With the Guidelines - Gold Resuscitation Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
AHA Mission Lifeline Director Cynthia Keely met with Medical Center health professionals for a formal presentation of the award.
"Today I am here to honor Davis Medical Center for turning Guidelines into Lifelines," Keely said. "Receiving this award demonstrates tangible evidence of your hard work and commitment to saving lives throughout the Elkins and surrounding area."
American Heart Association Representative Cynthia Keely presents the Get With the Guidelines – Gold Resuscitation Quality Achievement Award to members of the DMC code blue team, American Heart training staff, and others on May 17. The award recognizes Davis Medical Center for compliance and outstanding patient outcomes in caring for adult cardiac arrest patients.
Get With the Guidelines is a program that helps ensure consistent application of the most recent American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Scientific Guidelines for patient treatment. The AHA's suite of quality programs puts up-to-date guidelines, tools and resources to work in hospitals and outpatient practices across the nation. The program includes in-hospital modules for heart failure, stroke, heart attack and resuscitation as well as a program for outpatient physician practices.
To date there are more than 2,300 hospital nation-wide participating in the Get With the Guidelines program.
"This award demonstrates to the community that we follow evidence-based guidelines to improve patient outcomes from in-hospital cardiac arrest," said Michelle Stanton, RN, BSN, Chief Quality Officer/Risk Manager. "We're pleased to receive the recognition, and patients can be assured that they receive quality and consistent care with us during their hospital stay."
To receive the award DMH demonstrated at least 85 percent compliance in each of four Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation Recognition Measures.
"Your physicians, healthcare professionals and leadership are working together to focus on quality improvement systems designed to ensure that every resuscitation patient is treated according to the AHA's treatment guidelines," Keely added.
"Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival," said Stanton. "Our protocols can reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies."
Stanton also added that the key to reaching the required benchmarks of the Get With the Guidelines program is staff development, training and commitment to providing quality care to patients.
For more information about the Get With The Guidelines Award or Davis Medical Center, visit www.davishealthsystem.org.