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Disease or Condition
Heart / Cardiac Arrest
Cardiac Arrest Trial on use of an impedence threshold device (Heart / Cardiac Arrest)
This study is being done to collect information to find out whether the use of an impedance threshold device (prevents unnecessary air from entering the chest during CPR) , to supplement CPR, will improve survival after a cardiac arrest.
Persons aged 18 years or more (or local age of consent) who suffer non-traumatic cardiopulmonary arrest outside of the hospital in the study communities who receive defibrillation and/or chest compressions by EMS providers dispatched to the scene and do not meet any of the exclusion criteria below. Note: The etiology will be presumed to be non-traumatic in origin unless the apparent cause is due to trauma, drowning, strangulation, electrocution, or exsanguination.
Do not attempt resuscitation (DNAR) orders.
Blunt, penetrating, or burn-related injury.
Patients with exsanguinations.
CPR performed with any mechanical com.ression device (e.g. AutoPulse, LUCAS, Thumper).
Ventilated with a mechanical device (e.g. automated transport ventilator) Note: a bag-mask is not considered a mechanical ventilation device.
A non-ROC EMS agency/provider, for whom time call received at dispatch cannot be obtained, began CPR or placed pads.