6 Surprising Best Resuscitation Practices

Mike McEvoy, PhD, RN, CCRN, NRP



In-hospital resuscitation has gotten a lot of attention lately. Data analysis shows a significant number of cardiac arrests take place in hospitals—at least as many as, if not more than, in community settings. Evolving continually, resuscitation science is starting to offer best practices specific to hospitalized patients. This article describes six such practices to improve patient care. Of course, other best practices exist, but the ones you’ll read about here are those most often cited in the literature. Some of them may surprise you.

Purpose/Goal: The purpose of this activity is to provide nurses with information that will help them ensure patients receive optimal care during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.


At the conclusion, participants should be able to:
1. Discuss the role of effective compressions in cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
2. State six key resuscitation practices.
3. Describe effective monitoring during resuscitation efforts.


Dr. McEvoy is a nurse clinician in cardiothoracic surgical intensive care at Albany Medical Center in NY where he chairs the resuscitation committee and teaches critical care medicine. He is the EMS coordinator for Saratoga County, NY and co-author of the Critical Care Transport textbook and the Informed Emergency & Critical Care Pocket Guide.

The planners and author of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial companies pertaining to this continuing nursing education activity.

Contact Hours: 1.2

Expiration Date: 3/1/2017

Pharmacology Hours: 0


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