Improving Outcomes from Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA)

Professor Jonathan Benger is leading a programme of work to improve outcomes from Cardiac Arrest.

A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart stops suddenly, and is one of the most extreme medical emergencies. Health outcomes are poor; 90 per cent of patients do not survive to leave hospital. With funding from the National Institute for Health Research, the David Telling Trust and the Resuscitation Council UK Professor Jonathan Benger is leading a collaborative team that is looking at a range of ways of improving both survival, and the quality of that survival, following out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) which effects 60,000 people in the UK each year.

One study, to decide on the best form of rescue breathing for use by paramedics when they attend an OHCA patient, has just been completed and published. Further work, looking at both the pre-hospital and in-hospital phases of care, and the assessment of quality of life in survivors of OHCA, are in progress with further work to follow.

UWE project lead: Professor Jonathan Benger: Jonathan.Benger@uwe.ac.uk

UWE senior research fellow in Emergency Care: Dr Sarah Voss: Sarah.Voss@uwe.ac.uk

For further information please contact Jonathan Benger.

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