Research Program Hopes to Improve Survival Rate for Cardiac Arrest and Traumatic Injury
The National Institutes of Health, working with other federal and Canadian agencies, is funding a research program to help scientists learn the best ways to improve survival chances for victims of cardiac arrest and severe trauma.
Akinso: It's not like what you see on the medical shows on TV. The sad fact is, most cardiac arrest victims die before they can reach the hospital. And despite advances in emergency medical care, traumatic injury is still a top killer in North America. The National Institutes of Health, working with other federal and Canadian agencies, is funding a research program to help scientists learn the best ways to improve survival chances for victims of cardiac arrest and severe trauma. The research program, known as the "Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium" will conduct collaborative clinical trials of new treatments for arrest and severe traumatic injury. Dr. Tracey Hoke, project officer of the study, discusses what it will take for this program to become successful.
Hoke: The steps that are largely being taken at this point are to approach communities in which this research will be performed. To provide public disclosure of this research and to gain what's called community consent for this research. And we hope that by informing communities of the potential benefits and risks of participating in this kind of project that we will have acceptance and good enrollment in our trials.
Akinso: The consortium will involve public safety agencies, regional hospitals, community healthcare institutions and medical centers in 11 regions in the U.S. and Canada and as many as 15,000 patients over a 3-year period. For more information, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov. This is Wally Akinso at the National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland.
About This Audio Report
Reporter: Wally Akinso
Sound Bite: Dr. Tracey Hoke
Topic: Emergency Medicine