Cardiac arrest in children is a rare event; however, the outcomes following resuscitation are universally disappointing. Despite widespread recognition of its importance, there is no standard approach to conducting reviews surrounding critical resuscitation events. A standardized approach to the review of respiratory and cardiac arrests occurring in the pediatric intensive care unit focusing on processes of care and team performance was undertaken at a single pediatric academic medical center. Data collection and quality improvement tools were created, and a formal code review was established. Improvement in code team performance was observed. Clinician documentation improved, and multiple system redesigns were implemented that ultimately resulted in fewer clinician concerns. The rate of successful resuscitation was consistent with current published benchmarks. The development of an interdisciplinary code review process focusing on the procedure of resuscitation can identify critical issues that may impede successful resuscitation.
- cardiopulmonary resuscitation
- pediatric intensive care unit
- quality assurance