Improving Survival From Sudden Cardiac Arrest

May 24, 2011

Clifton W. Callaway, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor and executive vice chair of emergency medicine, presented his inaugural lecture as the Ronald D. Stewart Endowed Chair on “Improving Survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest in Pittsburgh” to The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Pittsburgh has a tradition and long term commitment to being the world leader in cardiac arrest research, which has been displayed through our pioneering efforts in the field of emergency medicine. The lecture focused on the topic of resuscitation from sudden death with emphasis on improving cardiac resuscitation and brain recovery. Research was presented on how improved chest compressions can result in a higher rate of return of pulses, and on how the use of hypothermia after resuscitation can improve neurological outcome.