Hear how a nurse-led acute response team dramatically reduced cardiac arrest

Series 3 Episode 6: Nurse practitioner Amor Palada talks about preventing cardiac arrest

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A nurse-led acute response team at a London hospital has helped reduce preventable, in-patient cardiac arrests by 32% in a year.

The National Cardiac Arrest Audit 2015 found Whipps Cross Hospital in east London performed below the national average for preventable cardiac arrest. However, a concerted effort to reduce incidence led to none being recorded by June this year.

The acute response team was instrumental in this work, especially during hospital out-of-hours.

Nurse practitioner Amor Palada tells Nursing Standard podcast how the team has used the national early warning score, a morning huddle, root cause analysis meetings and a patient safety forum to improve the situation.

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