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Resuscitation of the written word: meeting the standard for cardiac arrest documentation.
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PMID:  21853831     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
The aim of this study was to audit cardiac arrest documentation within a UK teaching hospital, survey the regional use of proformas for data collection, and consider the need for a standardised national template. A prospective audit comparing cardiac arrest documentation to General Medical Council (GMC) professional standards and the 'Utstein' fields was carried out, along with a survey of regional resuscitation officers for the use of standardised templates. The main outcome measures were the design of 'best practice' template using GMC guidelines and the 'Utstein' fields. An audit of medical notes involving a cardiac arrest call against the template was performed. There was limited documentation concerning process, events and outcome of arrest calls, as well as minimal regional use of standard templates or consensus on the essential content of medical documentation. Documentation of cardiac arrests in the Leeds Teaching Hospitals does not meet the 'Utstein' recommendations to provide enough information for audit of cardiac arrest procedure. The regional survey indicates that this problem is likely to be widespread.
Neil Allan; Dominic Bell; Alison Pittard
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical medicine (London, England)     Volume:  11     ISSN:  1470-2118     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Med     Publication Date:  2011 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101092853     Medline TA:  Clin Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  348-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Anaesthetic Department, Leeds General Infirmary.
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