Rachel Hayworth co-authors article about cardiogenic shock protocol.

December 02, 2021
Rachel Hayworth Rachel Hayworth, MSN, RN, CHFN, heart failure program manager, was the primary author of an article that appears in the fall edition of The Connection, the official newsletter of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses.

The article, “Nurse-Driven Cardiogenic Shock Protocol,” discusses the successful development of a cardiogenic shock protocol.

Cardiogenic shock (CS) is a life-threating condition that occurs when your heart cannot pump enough blood and oxygen to the brain, kidneys and other vital organs. The article indicates early data from the National (Detroit) Cardiogenic Shock initiative suggest systematic patient identification and management can impact survivability.

The article reports that the novel protocol “standardized CS recognition and management and put bedside nurses in charge of adherence,” and it cites interdisciplinary care standardization, critical care nursing autonomy and a rapid plan-do-study-act approach as the main contributors to the successful initiative.

Rachel co-authored the article with Nicole Dellise, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHFN, of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and School of Nursing, and Christopher E. Otto, MSN, RN, CHFN, PCCN, CCRN, of ChristianaCare & Delaware Nurses Association.