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Improving Resuscitation throughout the Care Continuum

It’s no secret that resuscitation rates are grim across the spectrum of healthcare. Outside of acute-care settings, they range from a shocking 2 to 11 percent, which is not much better than that in hospitals, where survival rates still range from a paltry 18 to 24 percent. As more healthcare is delivered outside the walls of acute-care hospitals, we must understand that leaders across the care continuum need to move beyond the traditional activity of simply getting CPR cards and really invest in the kind of training that their employees need—the kind of training that saves lives and improves outcomes. In this article, Donna Hayes, former resuscitation coach at HealthStream, outlines lessons and suggestions for improving resuscitation throughout the care continuum.