Thursday, July 21, 2011


GLAA Besma, CHICK Stephen
Trained Nurse Location Model for In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Survival
INSEAD Working Paper 2011/84/TOM/HMI/ISIC

Survival and complete physiological recovery rates following In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (IHCA) are poor in all age groups. For example, fewer than 20% of adult patients having an IHCA survive to go home. Medical authorities report that a victim of cardiac arrest has the best chance of survival without neurological damage if care is received within 3-5 minutes of occurrence. Nursing staff play a central role in the effective management of IHCA as they are often the first medical staff to arrive to a patient with IHCA. This paper proposes a new location model for nurses who are trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), defibrillation and In-Hospital Survival Chain (IHSC) processes to maximize the survival probability of patients.