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Harlow hospital's resuscitation work in the spotlight at international medical conference

Clinicians at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), who have been leading innovative work on resuscitation techniques, were invited to present their results at an international conference which attracted 1,500 specialists from around the globe.

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PAHT was one of only a handful of NHS trusts asked to present at the forum. The team addressed the congress of leading doctors, nurses and delegates from hospitals and universities from all over the world at the European Resuscitation Council (ERC).

Matthew Ibrahim, lead resuscitation practitioner, and Philip Chandler, resuscitation practitioner at PAHT, have been working on reducing the incidence of cardiac arrest in hospital and presented the results of their research at the conference. The ERC congress - Resuscitation 2019 - delivered a fresh and exciting update of developments in resuscitation science, guidelines and practice. It took place in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana, with the theme of the congress: What works and what doesn't work in resuscitation.

The PAHT resuscitation team's work has made great strides and is contributing to improving patient safety in the Harlow hospital and further afield. This is the third year that Matt and Phil have been asked to present studies at the international conference. Their presentation involved demonstrating three pieces of work undertaken at PAHT, to delegates from hospitals and universities from all over the world.

One of these pieces of work is an examination of a novel multi-professional approach to reviewing in-hospital cardiac arrests at the acute trust. It has focused on a Cardiac Arrest Review Panel (CARP), which involves staff from across hospital services. This has led to strengthened processes and enhanced opportunity for learning among staff resulting in improved patient care.

A review of patient deterioration prior to adult cardiac arrest looked at updating a national early warning score for patients at risk of cardiac arrest.

A further study was centred on the 'resuscitation trolley'. This is vital equipment in a hospital emergency situation, and the PAHT team have introduced a new trolley system which has ensured improved safe and prompt access to emergency equipment. Monthly safety audits on resuscitation trolley compliance since January 2017 reveal that trust-wide compliance rose to 100% in 2018.

Jo Howard, deputy chief medical officer at PAHT, praised the achievements of the team and their involvement in international scientific study. She said: "Congratulations to the team. This is really great recognition of their excellent work to bring into practice innovative methodology and improvements to patient safety. "

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