Why in-hospital cardiac arrest?

At Nuvara™, we’re focusing our innovation on a significant and persistent clinical challenge: poor and variable outcomes for in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA). Here’s why.

Hospitals are struggling with emergency care

Clinical and technological innovations have elevated outcomes in many areas of the hospital. But the equipment, technology, and operations supporting Code Blue care have remained essentially unchanged for decades. 

This is likely one reason IHCA mortality rates remain persistently high, resulting in nearly 216,000 deaths every year.1







Average IHCA survival rate to discharge (Adults)4,5

Limited progress toward AHA goals

For most hospitals, the 2010 American Heart Association (AHA) performance target for IHCA outcomes remains out of reach. Across the U.S., rates of survival to discharge continue to fall short of this critical goal, showing there’s a clear unmet need for new solutions that target the drivers of this deficiency.

A path to improvement

Research suggests hospitals may have the opportunity to save thousands of lives per year in this critical area.1 AHA guidance indicates significant improvements in cardiac arrest outcomes will require effective quality improvement strategies and interventions fueled by data collection, analysis, and feedback.6

  • Capturing key information: Interruptions in chest compressions. Time until care. Medication administration. Many factors can affect Code Blue outcomes, and tracking all of those factors is essential.
  • Simplifying data access, analysis, and transparency: Reviewing cardiac arrest cases at least quarterly may increase a hospital’s odds of being in a higher survival category by six times.*,2


The first and only Emergency Care System is here

With a user-centered design informed by deep clinical expertise, the Nuvara Emergency Care System (ECS) will help hospitals achieve an unprecedented new level of Code Blue performance. It’s the integrated innovation clinical teams need to optimize the underlying factors that impact IHCA outcomes.

  • Efficiency: The ECS enables a seamless flow of Code Blue medications, equipment, and information.
  • Awareness: Now, care teams can see what clinical and operational steps need to be optimized.
  • Control: With intuitive and assistive technology, clinicians can provide consistent, streamlined care.
Meet the ECS

Key Code Blue challenges, solved

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BEFORE: Event Readiness

Give clinical teams assurance that they’re always prepared for the next Code Blue.
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DURING: Event Response

With the ECS, clinicians can act fast, optimize critical steps, and confidently deliver life-saving care.
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AFTER: Event Review

Transform Code Blue events into usable, insightful, care-enhancing clinical data.
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Success stories for hospitals like yours

Reach out today to learn how the Nuvara Emergency Care System can help you transform your Code Blue operations.

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*Adjusted ORs of 8.55 [1.79, 40.0] for monthly review and 6.85 [1.49, 31.3] for quarterly review; P=03 (Table 3).
References: 1. Andersen LW, Holmberg MJ, Berg KM, et al. In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Review. JAMA. 2019;321(12);1200-1210. 2. Chan PS, Krein SL, et al. Resuscitation Practices Associated With Survival After In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: A Nationwide Survey. JAMA Cardiol. 2016;1(2):189-197. 3. Moskowitz A, Holmberg MJ, Donnino MW, Berg KM. In-hospital cardiac arrest: are we overlooking a key distinction?. Curr Opin Crit Care. 2018;24(3):151-157. 4. “AHA Cardiac Arrest Statistics.” American Heart Association CPR & First Aid. 2016. 5. Virani, Salim S, et al. “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 220 Update: A Report From the American Heart Association.” AHA Statistical Update. 2020;141(3);139-596. 6. Kronick SL, Kurz MC, Lin S, Edelson DP, Berg RA, Billi JE, Cabanas JG, Cone DC, Diercks DB, Foster J, Meeks RA, Travers AH, Welsford M. Part 4: Systems of care and continuous quality improvement: 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. Circulation. 2015;132(suppl 2):S397-S413.