The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been granted the highest distinction from the American Heart Association (AHA), its Gold Quality Achievement Award. The prize was given for the second consecutive year in recognition of the achievements regarding resuscitation standards, under the Get with the Guidelines program defined by AHA.
The award was given to UTMB for improving medical outcomes for hospitalized cardiac patients based on AHA’s health care guidelines. The Get with the Guidelines Resuscitation program focuses on the survival of patients who suffer from cardiac arrest and includes recommendations on updated research and treatment evidence.
“We’re all proud of our interdisciplinary team of professionals who are so dedicated to our patients,” said the executive vice president and CEO of UT Medical Branch, Donna Sollenberger in a press release. “This second Gold Quality award reaffirms that we are continually striving to provide the best possible care for our patients.”
The Gold Quality Achievement Award is only given when institutions fulfill rigorous, pre-determined requirements in the treatment of both adult and pediatric cardiac arrest patients. UTMB won the same award last year for helping reduce the burden of over 200,000 people with in-hospital cardiac arrest annually, according to the AHA.
The guidelines define protocols relative to patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely cardiopulmonary resuscitation and post-emergency care based on the National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation from AHA, a database of in-hospital resuscitation events that was first created in 1999, including data from over 500 hospitals. The information provided by the registry and by the program are expected to offer feedback on resuscitation practices and patient outcomes for hospitals.