Among major causes of cardiac mortality cardiac arrest stands as a cause of death that rivals all other causes in terms of frequency. There has been at best only modest improvement in resuscitation over recent years. No wonder with so little NHLBI funding going into this cause compared to acute MI and heart failure. Hopefully the IOM report on cardiac resuscition will be a call to action that will highlight these NIHBI ...more »
What is the best way to train the public to recognize sudden cardiac arrest, perform CPR and utilize an AED?
Should out-of-hospital cardiac arrest care be regionalized to specialized centers similar to trauma, STEMI, and stroke?
How do we eliminate disparities in cardiac arrest care?
Can surveillance systems be developed to prevent in-hospital cardiac arrest outside the ICU?
As VF/VT rates continue to decrease in cardiac arrest to levels below 25%, the importance of understanding the pathways and epidemiology of PEA gains public health importance. Additionally, there is a need to determine the co-morbidities and/or pharmacologic agents that contribute to the causation of this rhythm.
Which, if any, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies are useful and effective in cardiac arrest due to non-shockable rhythms?
Can techniques to monitor brain injury and recovery in post-cardiac arrest patients be developed to optimize post-cardiac arrest care and enable reliable neuroprognostication?
Out of hospital cardiac arrest remains a major cause of mortality in the United States and there is a large variability in survival within communities. We need to better understand the reasons for this variability which include patient, event, EMS system and care processes and work as a nation to reduce the variability but adopting best practices and actively addressing the barriers to change which can be social, cultural, ...more »
Can improved catheters, pumps and oxygenators for extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation be developed that will make feasible widespread implementation for refractory in-hospital and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest?
Can personal surveillance systems to prevent “unwitnessed” cardiac arrest improve outcomes?
What is the optimal dose and duration of post-cardiac arrest hypothermic targeted temperature management?