Where it all began

In 2007 ICNARC was approached by the Resuscitation Council (UK) with the idea of setting up a national audit for in-hospital cardiac arrest.

Our experience of running the Case Mix Programme put us in an excellent position to develop and manage this new audit.

The establishment of NCAA

To gauge the need and enthusiasm for such an audit, ICNARC contacted Resuscitation Officers across the country.

The response was overwhelmingly positive so the decision to officialy set up NCAA was approved by the Resuscitation Council (UK) Executive Committee in April 2008.

Launching the audit

A Steering Group was formed to provide strategic direction and expert advice. An NCAA Coordinator was recruited to recruit hospitals and manage NCAA on a daily basis.

The initial Dataset was released in September 2009, with the first hospital starting data collection the following month.

Growing in scale

Since its launch NCAA has grown considerably, with hospitals across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland now participating.

First risk model for predicting outcome

Having gathered a sufficient sample size of data, NCAA’s first risk models have been created, meaning risk-adjusted comparisons of outcomes following resuscitation are now included in the NCAA Reports.

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