Creating Mock Codes

Need

All hospital personnel must be ready to implement optimal procedures when a patient suffers cardiac arrest – wherever that event might occur in the hospital.

Intervention

STRATUS regularly implements its unannounced mock code program, where a mannequin is surreptitiously situated in a random location in the hospital and placed into cardiac arrest while help is summoned. Staff are instructed to respond as they normally would. The objective is not to test people, but rather to test the system and look for opportunities to improve the process.

Impact

STRATUS conducts 24 mock codes each year at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This has led to countless process improvements which enable clinical staff to more efficiently and effectively respond to cardiac arrests and other emergencies anywhere and at any time within the hospital.

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