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March 6, 2014 - New USA Medical Center Procedures Result In Dramatic Improvement In Code 1 Events
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Above: USA Medical Center Clinical Nurse Leader Sheri Salas chairs the Rapid Response/Code 1 Committee, which recently announced that there were no Code 1 cardio/respiratory resuscitation events on medical surgical units from October 2013 to January 2014.


The Rapid Response/Code 1 Committee at the University of South Alabama Medical Center announced that there were no Code 1 cardio/respiratory resuscitation events on medical surgical units for the period from October 2013 through January 2014.

“Since USAMC treats so many acute care patients, this is a significant achievement and a phenomenal testimony to the care patients are receiving,” said Sheri Salas, USAMC’s clinical nurse leader who chairs the committee.

The success is a result of special efforts in effect since October to place patients in the appropriate care environment to improve patient outcomes. When patients are placed in the area specializing in the care they require, they receive care from nurses trained in that specialty who can assess subtle changes in their condition.

In addition, as a result of increased awareness and education of the Rapid Response process, the nurses on medical surgical units are responding quickly to events in order to prevent the need for resuscitation.

The Rapid Response/Code 1 Committee reviews cases of events related to patient’s decline in medical status during hospitalization (Rapid Response) and cardio/respiratory resuscitation (Code 1). The committee has team members on medical surgical units to concurrently research each case as it happens. They look for trends in order to make improvements and educate where appropriate to create a safer care environment for patients.

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