ROC Seeks Community Input on Test of New CPR

April 25, 2011

The Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC) is seeking public comment about a new clinical trial.  The study, called "Continuous Chest Compressions," will compare two strategies for performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for persons who experience cardiac arrest.  In one strategy, paramedics or first responders will perform CPR by doing 30 chest compressions followed by a pause to give 2 breaths as recommended in recent American Heart Association guidelines.  In the other strategy, CPR will be performed as continuous chest compressions with breaths administered every 8-10 seconds without pauses, similar to what is described by resuscitation experts in Arizona and other regions.  This study will require an Exception from Informed Consent, for which community opinion is an important consideration.  ROC is a network of clinical sites funded by the National Institutes of Health and other partners to conduct clinical trials to improve survival after cardiac arrest and severe injuries. Read more under Current Studies and share your opinion with Acute Care Research.