Improving Survival in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Clinical Care, Emergency Systems

Innovation Leader


To have the best survival rates in the world among patients who have cardiac arrest in our communities.

Current Activities

  • Ongoing study to determine the effectiveness of ECPR for improving survival among OHCA
  • BC Prehospital Resuscitation Research Group Monthly Research Rounds
  • Acceptance into the ACCESS Trial, a randomized clinical trial which will determine the effectiveness of early access to angiography for those with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with initial shockable rhythms

Short-Term Goals

  • Improve patient outcomes.
  • Lead innovation in research and clinical interventions.
  • Strengthen chain of survival from recognition to rehabilitation.
  • Create an internationally renowned Resuscitation Research Centre.

Long-Term Goals

  • Improved survival rates year after year.
  • Improved quality of life for cardiac survivors.
  • Improved rates of bystander CPR.
  • Improved quality of CPR.
  • Increased survival for patients who receive extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR).
  • Growth and recognition of world-class Resuscitation Research Centre.