Decoding Code Blue: A process to assess and improve code team function

      Mortality from in-hospital cardiac arrests (IHCA) is a significant problem within the United States. There are at least 200,000 IHCA each year, and estimated hospital survival following an IHCA ranges between 15 and 25% [
      • Merchant R.M.
      • Yang L.
      • Becker L.B.
      • Berg R.A.
      • Nadkarni V.
      • Nichol G.
      • et al.
      Incidence of treated cardiac arrest in hospitalized patients in the United States.
      ,
      • Kazaure H.S.
      • Roman S.A.
      • Sosa J.A.
      Epidemiology and outcomes of the in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the United States, 2000–2009.
      ,
      • Sandroni C.
      • Nolan J.
      • Cavallaro F.
      • Antonelli M.
      In-hospital cardiac arrest: incidence, prognosis and possible measures to improve survival.
      ]. Though mortality often reflects underlying disease, inefficient resuscitation also contributes to decreased survival rates [
      • Ornato J.P.
      • Peberdy M.A.
      • Reid R.D.
      • Feeser R.
      • Dhindsa H.S.
      Impact of resuscitation system errors on survival from in-hospital cardiac arrest.
      ].
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