“Decoding the Code Assessment”: Preparing for TJC and CMS Assessments of Your in-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation Practices

November 10, 2022 | 11:00AM - 12:00PM PT

In the last 10 years, there has been a ground swell of evidence-based practices related to cardiac arrest management, resulting in increased attention to coordinated in-hospital response and resuscitation practices. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed these response mechanisms to the limit, and made many hospital systems reconsider how they prepare for, measure and improve their response to patients with acute decompensation.  In this context, regulatory bodies are now deliberately incorporating review of resuscitation practices into their hospital site reviews. This lecture will review these emerging site review criteria, discuss different models of code response and preparedness, and offer suggestions on how to best meet these new requirements and promote long term survivorship for in-hospital cardiac arrest.

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  1. Gain better understanding of regulatory body requirements for preparedness for in-hospital cardiac arrest
  2. Get exposure to different models of code quality improvement practices
  3. Learn about evidence based-practices to improve neuro-intact survival for in-hospital cardiac arrest
  4. Review recommendations on best practices at time of discharge for cardiac arrest survivors

Thursday, November 10, 2022: 11 a.m.-noon (PT)

Stephen Sanko, MD, FACEP, FAEMS

Stephen Sanko is Acting Chief Medical Officer of the Los Angeles Fire Department, Co-Founder of the Southern California Chapter of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, and Assistant Professor of Clinical (Research) Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California.

His research focuses on cardiac arrest, bystander response, and mobile integrated health care in the City of Los Angeles.

Dr. Sanko is a member of the Los Angeles County EMS Agency Medical Advisory Council, Chair of the LAC+USC CPR Committee where he leads the in-hospital code response teams, and Chair of the County of Los Angeles DHS Inpatient Resuscitation Committee. He has served on national committees for the American College of Emergency Physicians and National Association of EMS Physicians, and is on the ALS Writing Committee for the 2025 American Heart Association Resuscitation Guidelines. He completed both his residency training in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Emergency Medical Services at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center.

Dr. Sanko has published over 40 peer-reviewed abstracts, articles, book chapters, and translations, and has lectured in the US and South America on various in-hospital resuscitation and EMS topics. 

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.0 contact hour.

Please contact CHPSO at info@chpso.org if you have any questions.