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Princess Alexandra Hospital resuscitation practitioner pioneers cardiac arrest prediction tool

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An expert in saving lives at Princess Alexandra Hospital has developed a new cardiac arrest prediction tool.

Matthew Ibrahim, lead resuscitation practitioner at the Harlow hospital's NHS trust, was recognised for 'best abstract for oral presentation' when he attended the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Patient Safety Congress on Tuesday (Sept 21).

Evidence suggests most cardiac arrests in hospitals are generally not unexpected. Up to 80% of these patients show signs of physiological deterioration.

Currently, the PAHT team uses the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) to help recognise those at risk. The basis of NEWS is that staff undertake clinical observations on patients, for example pulse and blood pressure, and a score is given. The higher the score, the more at risk of deterioration the patient may be.

Matthew noted that this system, which is used nationally, could not identify every imminent cardiac arrest. He started a data analysis project and developed a new pilot cardiac arrest prediction tool that uses other parameters such as biochemical markers.

It is hoped that with further validation it can be used alongside NEWS to help staff recognise those patients earlier and take action.

Matthew said: "I'm pleased this hard work is being recognised at a national level.

"Patient safety is our absolute priority and it's brilliant to be able to share this work with others at such a prestigious forum. I hope to undertake pilot studies of the new prediction tool in time, both locally and nationally."

Fay Gilder, medical director at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, said: "I'm delighted to see Matthew invited to contribute to this conference, with a focus on patient safety. This is testament to the commitment to improving patient care that is a cornerstone of PAHT and our value of patient at heart."

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