Optimisation of pre-hospital resuscitation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest using a novel method of resuscitation analysis to facilitate training and performance evaluation

Optimisation of pre-hospital resuscitation in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest using a novel method of resuscitation analysis to facilitate training and performance evaluation

Type: Heart

Grant holder: Dr Richard Lyon, Drs Clarke and Clegg; Emergency Department, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Amount Awarded: £88,007 over three years

Year: 2013 - Finished

Surviving an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA), brought on by a heart attack, depends on high quality resuscitation before the patient reaches hospital. Such treatment is highly complex and requires specific non-technical skills, but the best ways to train and deploy ambulance crews are still the subject of debate. With a view to improving the quality of pre-hospital resuscitation, the researchers aim to use a designated specialist cardiac arrest team, innovative video technology, targeted simulation training and mechanical cardiopulmonary resuscitation. A greater understanding of the relevant skills, techniques and technology would improve the quality of care for people suffering a cardiac arrest, potentially saving many Scottish lives.