Outcomes of a hospital-wide plan to improve care of comatose survivors of cardiac arrest.

@article{Rittenberger2008OutcomesOA,
  title={Outcomes of a hospital-wide plan to improve care of comatose survivors of cardiac arrest.},
  author={J C Rittenberger and Francis Xavier Guyette and Samuel A. Tisherman and Michael A. Devita and Ren{\'e} J. Alvarez and Clifton Callaway},
  journal={Resuscitation},
  year={2008},
  volume={79 2},
  pages={
          198-204
        }
}
BACKGROUND Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) improves outcomes in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest. Few hospitals have protocol-driven plans that include TH. We implemented a series of process interventions designed to increase TH use and improve outcomes in patients successfully resuscitated from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) or in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA). METHODS AND RESULTS Linked interventions including a TH order sheet, verbal and written feedback to individual providers… CONTINUE READING
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