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Disease or Condition   Heart / Cardiac Arrest
Title   Cardiac Arrest Trial on use of an impedence threshold device (Heart / Cardiac Arrest)
Description   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.
IRB Number   Pro284
Inclusion/Notes   INCLUSION:
  • 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.

  • Known prisoners.

  • Known pregnancy.

  • Tracheostomy present.

  • 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.
Status   Completed
Location   Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Contact Name   Dixie Climer at

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