West Midlands Ambulance Service in Cardiac Arrest Trial

West Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed that they are to take part in cardiac arrest trial along with four other ambulance services.

The trial is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and being co-ordinated by the University of Warwick.

For over 50 years now adrenaline has been given to patients in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.  However, recent data suggests that while this might be beneficial in the short term it may actually lead to worse neurologic (brain function) outcomes.

During this study, some patients will receive adrenaline while some will not.

As West Midlands Ambulance Service says

Patients will be followed up in hospital and researchers will compare what happens and determine whether adrenaline works or not. The data will be analysed frequently as the trial progresses so that if a significant difference (one way or the other) is detected, the trial can be stopped early.

You can watch the videos on the West Midlands Ambulance Service page to learn more about the trial.

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