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Report author and NCEPOD lead clinical co-ordinator Dr George Findlay said:
Cardiac arrests in hospitals could be prevented if doctors recognise and act on early warning signs more quickly, a health watchdog has said.
More than a third (38%) of cardiac arrests in acutely ill patients could be avoided by improving their assessment and response to deterioration, researchers found.
Experts from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) criticised senior doctors for failing their patients by not supporting junior colleagues.
The study, Time To Intervene?, found that warning signs were not picked up in 35% of those patients, not acted on in 56% and not communicated to senior doctors in 55%.