Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Join Us!

Updated:Feb 25,2015

12 Steps for Getting Started

  1. Contact your local Get With The Guidelines representative.
  2. Assemble your multidisciplinary team.
  3. As a team, review your hospital’s standing orders and processes.
  4. View a demonstration (link opens in new window) and sign up to use the Patient Management Tool.
  5. Determine roles and processes for entering patient data. All data abstractors must be certified. Download our updated Step by Step Guide for Certification/Recertification Testing to learn about the certification/recertification process. Then, register on the AHA Professional Education website for the Part I - Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation (GWTG-R): Data Abstractor Training and Certification Program - Practice Test and follow the instructions to complete certification and obtain a user name and password for the Patient Management Tool.
  6. Enter 30 records into the PMT to assess your treatment rates. This will become your baseline.
  7. Identify areas for improvement.
  8. Refine processes and protocols to ensure they are in line with the guidelines.
  9. Brainstorm with your team to find ways to improve your hospital’s treatment rates.
  10. Test your ideas. Remember that changes do not have to be large. Sometimes it works best to start small and build on success.
  11. Repeat steps 8 and 9 until your team is happy with your treatment rates and your hospital is eligible for recognition.
  12. Celebrate your successes and spread the word!

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