The OHCAO project works with Ambulance Services across the UK to try to find out the reasons behind the large differences in survival from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest (OHCA). It has established a registry of OHCAs and developed a standard way of collecting information about OHCA and for finding out if a resuscitation attempt was successful.
The study uses existing information routinely collected by Ambulance Services for audit purposes during the course of their normal duties. Information about individuals that receive resuscitation for an OHCA is securely transferred quarterly to researchers at the University of Warwick.
The information will be used to obtain a better understanding of why survival rates vary so widely across the UK. It will work out which are the most effective treatments and help Ambulance Services improve the quality of care for victims of OHCA.
The project has received National Research Ethics and Health Research Authority Confidentiality Advisory Group approval for its conduct.
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