CPR Quality: Improving Cardiac
Resuscitation Outcomes Both Inside and Outside the Hospital: A Consensus
Statement From the American Heart Association
Meaney PA,
Bobrow BJ, Mancini ME, Christenson J, de Caen AR, Bhanji F, Abella BS, Kleinman
ME, Edelson DP, Berg RA, Aufderheide TP, Menon V, Leary M; on behalf of the CPR
Quality Summit Investigators, the American Heart Association Emergency
Cardiovascular Care Committee, and the Council on Cardiopulmonary, Critical
Care, Perioperative and Resuscitation. Circulation. 2013 Jun 25. [Epub ahead of
The American Heart Association has released a new
consensus statement about improving cardiac resuscitation outcomes inside and
outside the hospital. This statement is endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians. “This
consensus statement addresses the following key areas of CPR quality for the
trained rescuer: metrics of CPR performance; monitoring, feedback, and
integration of the patient’s response to CPR; team-level logistics to ensure
performance of high-quality CPR; and continuous quality improvement on
provider, team, and systems levels. Clear definitions of metrics and methods to
consistently deliver and improve the quality of CPR will narrow the gap between
resuscitation science and the victims, both in and out of the hospital, and lay
the foundation for further improvements in the future.” The Final
Recommendations are nicely summarized in a Table on page 10.