Research that Sets the Standard for Care

Beyond training today’s lifesaving paramedics, the Medic One Foundation funds the research and development of tomorrow’s lifesaving ideas to improve patient care and prevent sudden cardiac arrest. Research is the key to ensuring that the best possible patient care is provided in the pre-hospital setting.

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“Evaluating the Causal Factors of Pauses During Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest”
Catherine R. Counts, Ph.D., MHA

During cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for cardiac arrest, brief pauses in chest compressions are necessary to perform important tasks such as pulse checks. Long pauses during specific times, such as immediately prior to a shock from a defibrillator, are associated with worse outcomes. The exact reasons for and duration of chest compression pauses are not well understood. This project aims to characterize the reasons why pauses in chest compressions occur and the frequency of these pauses in the Seattle Fire Department/Seattle Medic One system.

“Suicide Assessment and Intervention Via Emergency Responders”
Christopher DeCou, Ph.D.

More than 1 million people attempt suicide every year in the United States, and approximately 6 million have serious suicidal ideation. This project will assess the acceptability, appropriateness, and feasibility of a universal brief screening for suicidal ideation during pre-hospital patient contacts, and a protocol for collaboration with the suicide crisis lifeline for assessment, intervention, and referral of low acuity suicidal patients to outpatient resources.

“Assessment of Paramedic Surgical Skills in Emergency Cricothyrotomy”
Jonathan M Keller, MD 

Emergency cricothyrotomy is an infrequent but lifesaving procedure. It is the universal common final pathway when paramedics are unable to establish an endotracheal airway by all other methods. The aim of this research is to improve the assessment of paramedic cricothyrotomy surgical skills using a structured technical skills assessment tool and a novel crowd-sourcing technique.

“Biomarker profiles and low tidal volume ventilation in the acute respiratory distress syndrome after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest”
Nicholas J Johnson, MD

Patients who develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest are less likely to survive with full neurologic recovery to hospital discharge than those without ARDS. Preventing ARDS, or reducing its severity, may result in improvement in survival and neurologic outcome among patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This project aims to provide clinicians with tools to diagnose and treat ARDS. Low tidal volume ventilation and avoidance of hyperoxemia, and a number of other ARDS-specific therapies such as neuromuscular blockade and conservative fluid management, may be applied in the pre-hospital or ED settings if we are able to identify patients most likely to benefit.


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