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Prevention, Detection and Rescue of Deteriorating Patients. Which combinations of interventions are most effective?

10 Feb 2016 21:16 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Prevention, Detection and Rescue of Deteriorating Patients. Which combinations of interventions are most effective?

An NIHR funded research collaboration between National Cardiac Arrest Audit (NCAA) and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

As part of a major NIHR funded study into the effectiveness of current approaches to detecting and rescuing deteriorating patients in adult general wards in the NHS in England, we are conducting a survey of all acute trusts.


We are asking all hospitals participating in National Cardiac Arrest Audit to complete a survey about their use of interventions such as track and trigger systems, critical care outreach, handover tools etc. The aim will be to understand the impact these various practices have on in-hospital cardiac arrest rates and survival. No individual hospitals will be identified in the findings and we hope to produce a report which maps current services across England as well as the quantitative analysis by the end of the year.

The survey was sent to the main NCAA contact at each hospital (usually a resuscitation officer) late last year with a request to pass it on to the staff member most likely to be able to complete it (the majority respondents to date have been members of the Critical Care Outreach Team).  We would like to thank all those who have completed the survey so far, your input will be invaluable. If your Trust is yet to complete the survey then you might consider scheduling a phone conversation with our research team. It takes an average of 20 minutes to get all the information we need. If you haven’t heard about the survey and want to know more then please contact us via the email below.

Please help us complete this valuable research.

Many thanks

Helen Hogan, Chief Investigator

On behalf of the Deteriorating Patient Team (John Welch UCLH, Nick Black LSHTM, David Harrison ICNARC, Andrew Hutchings LSHTM)

Email: deteriorate@lshtm.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7958 8288

Fax: 020 7927 2701

Mail: Dr Helen Hogan, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dept of Health Services Research and Policy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, 15-17 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9SH

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