Baptist Health Paducah cardiac resuscitation earns award

For the third year in a row, Baptist Health Paducah has earned a national achievement award for the prompt treatment of patients who experience cardiac arrest in the hospital.

Baptist Health received the Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for implementing specific quality improvement measures to treat patients who suffer from in-hospital cardiac arrest. The hospital received the Silver and Bronze Quality awards in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The gold award recognizes achieving two years or longer of 85 percent or higher adherence based on four criteria to improve quality of care and outcome.

“Baptist Health Paducah is dedicated to achieving the best

possible outcome for the patients we are privileged to serve,” said William A. Brown, hospital president. “The cardiac staff’s early recognition and response, honored by this award, are among the reasons we are the heart hospital preferred 3 to 1.”

Team leader Elisha Richardson, RN, clinical care coordinator on the cardiac floor, credits Baptist Health’s team of nurses and hospitalists, on staff 24 hours a day, for ensuring cardiac arrest patients get timely CPR, defibrillation or other appropriate treatment within minutes.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program aims to help hospital teams save more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies by consistently following the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for treating patients who suffer a cardiac arrest in the hospital.