Adherence of cardiac arrest protocol reduces patient mortality

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Hospital care quality after in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) varies broadly nationwide, with higher survival rates at hospitals that stick more closely to recommended care protocols, according to a study published in JAMA Cardiology. Researchers, led by Monique L. Anderson, M.D., of Duke University Medical Center, analyzed data for more than 35,000 patients treated for IHCA using a score derived from five recommended process measures. They found that improvement in process performance was associated with higher chances of survival. Anderson and her team further estimated all hospitals operating at the level of the highest-scoring provider could save up to 24,200 lives annually. Study abstract