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Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Has Lowest Cardiac Arrest Figures in the Country


RMCHFor the second year running, the NCAA (National Cardiac Arrest Audit) has revealed that Royal Manchester Children's Hospital has the lowest number of in-hospital cardiac arrests of all children hospitals contributing to the audit from across England.

The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital participates in the audit, alongside some of the key children's hospitals across the country, including Alder Hey and Great Ormond Street. Having the lowest cardiac arrest figures for two consecutive years is a great achievement and reflects the impact of a number of in-house initiatives, notably the Emergency Bleep Meeting (EBM) and the Paediatric Acute Illness Management (PaedAIM) Course, coupled with the hard work, dedication and clinical expertise of the hospital staff. Both PaedAIM & EBM have been recognised as good practice and have been adopted at numerous other centres both nationally and internationally.

The NCAA is the only national, clinical, comparative audit for hospitals, set up as a joint initiative between the Resuscitation Council (UK) and the Intensive Care National Audit & Research Centre(ICNARC). The data is recorded and collected from every individual that receives chest compressions or defibrillation by hospital resuscitation teams.

Currently there are around 75% of hospitals across England involved in the audit and the NCAA is actively recruiting more hospitals to participate.  Their aim is to identify and foster improvements in the prevention and outcomes from cardiac arrests.

Peter-Marc Fortune, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital says: "It is a great achievement to hear that we have the lowest incidence of cardiac arrests in our hospital for the second year running.  I'm very proud of our team who work extremely hard,day in, day out, to ensure that the children that come to us for their treatment receive the very best possible care."