An estimated 200,000 patients in the United States suffer a cardiac arrest in the hospital each year. Yet despite media portrayals to the contrary, the survival rate from this condition is less than 20%. Unfortunately, current resuscitation guidelines focus disproportionately on the out-of-hospital setting and do not always translate well to the in-hospital setting for various reasons.

There is a need for hospitals to develop and implement resuscitation protocols and training that recognize the uniqueness of the hospital environment. This new model must address the "bow tie" model of in-hospital cardiac arrest, which consists of three elements:

  • Prevention of cardiac arrest
  • Cardiac resuscitation
  • Post-resuscitation care

The role of the hospitalist is integral to developing these new guidelines. Hospitalists must lead, coordinate and/or participate in measures along with other key team members on the "front lines" to inform the code committee on key areas to improve patient outcomes.



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Resuscitation Resource Center Project Team
This resource center is sponsored in part by unrestricted grants from Philips Healthcare,
Zoll Medical Corporation, Laerdal Medical,and Medtronic.

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