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What's the 4-1-1 on "the first five"?

Tasota, Frederick J. MSN, RN; Clontz, Amy MSN, RN; Shatzer, Melanie MSN, RN; Dongilli, Tom

doi: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000369869.05928.5a

To improve response in the first 5 minutes after a cardiac arrest, these authors developed a successful program to prepare nursing staff to intervene more effectively.

Frederick J. Tasota is critical care clinical specialist and Amy Clontz is trauma clinical specialist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-Presbyterian University Hospital, Pa. Melanie Shatzer is administrative director of nursing discovery and innovation at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center-St. Margaret's Hospital. Tom Dongilli is director of operations for the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation Education and Research.

After a patient's cardiac arrest, but before the medical emergency team arrives ... It's a crucial 5-minute window of time. Do you know what to do?

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