School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, Teamwork, Survival, Hospital
Holcomb, John Campbell, "Improving Survival Rates in Patients Suffering Cardiac Arrest with Specialized Resuscitation Teams: An Integrative Review" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2620.
Over 300,000 hospitalized patients suffer a cardiac arrest requiring a Code Blue activation each year in the United States. These patients have an extremely high mortality rate. These rates are not uniform across all hospitals and facilities that employ specialize Code Blue resuscitation teams have a higher percentage of patients that survive resuscitation events. This Integrative Review shows that these teams are essential to patient survival but are prone to barriers that must be overcome to provide effective teamwork. Quality improvement projects centered around Code Blue teams can be created at the local level and have been found to be successful even when protocol details may differ. As long as team barriers at the facility are addressed, patient survival rates after the activation of a Code Blue can be improved.