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The Resuscitation Team

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The AHA ACLS Guidelines highlights the importance of effective team dynamics during resuscitation. In the community, the first person on the scene may be performing CPR alone. However, a “Code Blue” in a hospital may bring dozens of responders to a patient’s room. It is important to rapidly and efficiently organize everyone participating in ACLS. The AHA suggests a team structure with each provider assuming a specific role on the resuscitation team. The team structure consists of a team leader and several team members.


stroke chain of survival


The overall goal of stroke care is to minimize brain injury and optimize the patient’s recovery. Preferential transport to stroke-capable centers has been shown to improve outcomes. Stroke centers are equipped with resources often not available at smaller community hospitals. The presence of specialists, including neurologists and stroke care specialists, multidisciplinary teams experienced in stroke care, advanced imaging modalities and other therapeutic options make transport to stroke centers the most suitable option. The goal of the stroke team, emergency physician, or other experts should be to assess the patient with suspected stroke within 10 minutes of

Clear communication between Team Leader and Team Members is essential.

team communication chart

It is important to know your own limitations. Resuscitation is the time for implementing acquired skills, not trying new ones. Only take on tasks you can perform successfully. Make it clear when you need help and call for help early. Resuscitation demands mutual respect, knowledge sharing, constructive criticism, and follow-up discussion (debriefing) after the event.

team activity timeline

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