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Implementing the standardised cardiac arrest call telephone number for all European hospitals – 2222

      Sir,
      Further to the letter by Dr. Whitaker on a standardised cardiac arrest call telephone number for all European hospitals

      Establishing a standard “Cardiac Arrest Call” telephone number for all hospitals in Europe–2222. D.K. Whitaker. Resuscitation 105:e25. Published online: May 27, 2016.

      and the joint press release by The European Resuscitation Council, the European Board of Anaesthesiology and the European Society of Anaesthesiology 22nd September 2016

      Joint press release by the European Resuscitation Council, the European Board of Anaesthesiology and the European Society of Anaesthesiology 22nd September 2016. https://www.esahq.org/∼/media/ESA/Files/Resources/Cardiac%20Arrest/Joint%20Press%20release%202222%2020-9-2016%20v6.ashx. [Accessed 6 December 2016].

      I am happy to report that the Slovak Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medicine fully supports this initiative and has recommended that hospitals in Slovakia standardise their number to 2222. On the 3rd November 2016, the Louis Pasteur University Hospital Kosice was the first Hospital to change the number to 2222 in both its hospitals in Rastislavova 43 and Trieda SNP 1. For safety reasons the previous number 2323 will run in parallel for several months until the switchboard tell us it is no longer being used when it will be disconnected.
      Once the decision to change to 2222 was made we found that this was a straightforward procedure and took place within one week after vice-chairwomen Dr. Jana Simonova had presented supporting materials

      Establishing a standard “Cardiac Arrest Call” telephone number for all hospitals in Europe–2222. D.K. Whitaker. Resuscitation 105:e25. Published online: May 27, 2016.

      Joint press release by the European Resuscitation Council, the European Board of Anaesthesiology and the European Society of Anaesthesiology 22nd September 2016. https://www.esahq.org/∼/media/ESA/Files/Resources/Cardiac%20Arrest/Joint%20Press%20release%202222%2020-9-2016%20v6.ashx. [Accessed 6 December 2016].

      to the management of the hospital. The information about change was immediately sent to all departments stressing the support of safety culture and a change in the Hospital webpage was made. Further to the concerns expressed by Lauridisen that the financial costs of standardization are unknown

      A call for 2222 in European hospitals—a reply to letter by Dr. Whitaker. Kasper Glerup Lauridsen, Bo Løfgren. Resuscitation 107:e19. Published online: August 23, 2016.

      we can report that this change took place at no cost. In the first 6 weeks since the change it has operated smoothly and there have been no problems. Based on this experience we would encourage other European hospitals to do the same and change their number to 2222 as soon as practical.

      Conflict of interest statement

      The author is chairman of the Safety Committee of the Slovak Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Medicine and member of Safety Committee of the European Board of Anaesthesiology.

      References

      1. Establishing a standard “Cardiac Arrest Call” telephone number for all hospitals in Europe–2222. D.K. Whitaker. Resuscitation 105:e25. Published online: May 27, 2016.

      2. Joint press release by the European Resuscitation Council, the European Board of Anaesthesiology and the European Society of Anaesthesiology 22nd September 2016. https://www.esahq.org/∼/media/ESA/Files/Resources/Cardiac%20Arrest/Joint%20Press%20release%202222%2020-9-2016%20v6.ashx. [Accessed 6 December 2016].

      3. A call for 2222 in European hospitals—a reply to letter by Dr. Whitaker. Kasper Glerup Lauridsen, Bo Løfgren. Resuscitation 107:e19. Published online: August 23, 2016.