When learning is a matter of life and death

When learning is a matter of life and death

Photo:  Packard Children's Hospital, Richard Breiner, Stanford University Archives

Stanford researchers Deborah Franzon, MD, and Lynda Knight, RN, MSN overhauled training for pediatric cardiac arrest emergency responses and studied the results.  They increased the children's survival rates from 40%, comparable to that of other hospitals, to 60%--a dramatic improvement. 

They trained teams using simulations of real-life scenarios.

They involved more people--everyone from attending physicians to security guards--and more departments--even those where such codes are rare, like radiology.

Everyone on the team responded to codes not knowing whether they were real or a simulation.  As they ran scenarios, they identified problems they could fix and areas they could improve.

Franzon and Knight hope that other hospitals will read their paper and implement similar training programs.

Deborah Franzon, MD

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