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Dr Keith Couper

Job Title
Assistant Professor
Department
WMS - Warwick Clinical Trials Unit
Phone
+44 (0) 2476151179
Research Interests

Health services research including clinical trials, cardiac arrest, critical care, emergency care, resuscitation.

Biography

Keith is an Assistant Professor in Emergency and Critical Care.

His clinical background is critical care nursing, and he continues to work clinically as a critical care outreach nurse practitioner at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Keith completed his PhD on debriefing after cardiac arrest in 2015. He was subsequently awarded a prestigious NIHR post-doctoral research fellowship to explore the use of mechanical chest compression devices at in-hospital cardiac arrest.

Keith holds volunteer roles with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ALS task force member), Resuscitation Council UK (ALS sub-committee member), Royal College of Nursing (Research Forum committee member) and National Institute of Health Research (HTA prioritisation committee member). He is a member of the editorial board of Resuscitation, and is an associate editor of Resuscitation Plus.

Keith is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He co-leads the WMS Masters distant-learning 'Understanding Research and Critical Appraisal' module. He currently co-supervises three PhD students, and would welcome contact from individuals interested in pursuing a PhD or MSc in Health Research.

Research gate: LINK

Google scholar: LINK

Twitter: @keithcouper

  • Goodwin, Laura, Samuel, Katie, Schofield, Behnaz, Voss, Sarah, Brett, Stephen J., Couper, Keith, Gould, Doug, Harrison, David, Lall, Ranjit, Nolan, Jerry P., Perkins, Gavin D., Soar, Jasmeet, Thomas, Matthew, Benger, Jonathan, 2021. Airway management during in-hospital cardiac arrest in adults : UK national survey and interview study with anaesthetic and intensive care trainees. Journal of the Intensive Care Society, 22 (3), pp. 192-197
  • Couper, Keith, Quinn, Tom, Booth, Katie, Lall, Ranjit, Devrell, Anne, Orriss, Barry, Regan, Scott, Yeung, Joyce, Perkins, Gavin D., 2021. Mechanical versus manual chest compressions in the treatment of in-hospital cardiac arrest patients in a non-shockable rhythm : a multi-centre feasibility randomised controlled trial (COMPRESS-RCT). Resuscitation, 158, pp. 228-235
  • Wyckoff, Myra H., Singletary, Eunice M., Soar, Jasmeet, Olasveengen, Theresa M., Greif, Robert, Liley, Helen G., Zideman, David, Bhanji, Farhan, Andersen, Lars W., Avis, Suzanne R., Aziz, Khalid, Bendall, Jason C., Berry, David C., Borra, Vere, Böttiger, Bernd W., Bradley, Richard, Bray, Janet E., Breckwoldt, Jan, Carlson, Jestin N., Cassan, Pascal et al (Select to open full list), 2021. 2021 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations : summary From the Basic Life Support; Advanced Life Support; Neonatal Life Support; Education, Implementation, and Teams; First Aid Task Forces; and the COVID-19 Working Group. Circulation
  • Patterson, Emma, Tang, Ho Tsun, Ji, Chen, Perkins, Gavin D., Couper, Keith, 2021. The efficacy and usability of suction-based airway clearance devices for foreign body airway obstruction : a manikin randomised crossover trial. Resuscitation Plus, 5
  • Soar, Jasmeet, Böttiger, Bernd W., Carli, Pierre, Couper, Keith, Deakin, Charles D., Djärv, Therese, Lott, Carsten, Olasveengen, Theresa, Paal, Peter, Pellis, Tommaso, Perkins, Gavin D., Sandroni, Claudio, Nolan, Jerry P., 2021. European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2021 : adult advanced life support. Resuscitation, 161, pp. 115-151
  • Mentzelopoulos, Spyros D., Couper, Keith, Voorde, Patrick Van de, Druwé, Patrick, Blom, Marieke, Perkins, Gavin D., Lulic, Ileana, Djakow, Jana, Raffay, Violetta, Lilja, Gisela, Bossaert, Leo, 2021. European Resuscitation Council Guidelines 2021 : ethics of resuscitation and end of life decisions. Resuscitation, 161, pp. 408-432
  • Drennan, Ian R., Geri, Guillaume, Brooks, Steve, Couper, Keith, Hatanaka, Tetsuo, Kudenchuk, Peter, Olasveengen, Theresa, Pellegrino, Jeffrey, Schexnayder, Stephen M., Morley, Peter, Mancini, Mary Beth, Travers, Andrew, Castren, Maaret, Considine, Julie, Escalante, Raffo, Vaillancourt, Christian, Ristagno, Giuseppe, Smyth, Michael, Chung, Sung Phil, Perkins, Gavin D. et al (Select to open full list), 2021. Diagnosis of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest by Emergency Medical Dispatch : a diagnostic systematic review. Resuscitation, 159, pp. 85-96
  • Couper, Keith, 2020. The quality of quality-of-life outcome data : the challenge of data interpretation. Resuscitation, 146, pp. 266-267
  • Couper, Keith, Taylor-Phillips, Sian, Grove, Amy L., Freeman, Karoline, Osokogu, Osemeke, Court, Rachel A., Mehrabian, Amin, Morley, Peter T., Nolan, Jerry P., Soar, Jasmeet, Perkins, Gavin D., 2020. COVID-19 in cardiac arrest and infection risk to rescuers : a systematic review. Resuscitation, 151, pp. 59-66
  • Olasveengen, Theresa M., Mancini, Mary E., Perkins, Gavin D., Avis, Suzanne, Brooks, Steven, Castrén, Maaret, Chung, Sung Phil, Considine, Julie, Couper, Keith, Escalante, Raffo, Hatanaka, Tetsuo, Hung, Kevin K.C., Kudenchuk, Peter, Lim, Swee Han, Nishiyama, Chika, Ristagno, Giuseppe, Semeraro, Federico, Smith, Christopher Matthew, Smyth, Michael A., Vaillancourt, Christian et al (Select to open full list), 2020. Adult basic life support : International consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science with treatment recommendations. Resuscitation, 156, pp. A35-A79
  • Khan, Iftekhar, Maredza, Mandy, Dritsaki, Melina, Mistry, Dipesh, Lall, Ranjit, Lamb, Sally, Couper, Keith, Gates, Simon, Perkins, Gavin D., Petrou, Stavros, 2020. Is protocolised weaning that includes early extubation onto non-invasive ventilation more cost effective than protocolised weaning without non-invasive ventilation? Findings from the Breathe Study. PharmacoEconomics - Open, 4, pp. 697-710
  • Holt, Josephine, Ward, Abigail, Mohamed, Tay-Yibah, Chukowry, Priya, Grolmusova, Natalia, Couper, Keith, Morley, Peter, Perkins, Gavin D., 2020. The optimal surface for delivery of CPR : a systematic review and meta-analysis. Resuscitation, 155, pp. 159-164
  • Couper, Keith, Mason, Alexina J., Gould, Douglas W., Nolan, Jerry P., Soar, Jasmeet, Yeung, Joyce, Harrison, David, Perkins, Gavin D., 2020. The impact of resuscitation system factors on in-hospital cardiac arrest outcomes across UK hospitals : an observational study. Resuscitation, 151, pp. 166-172
  • Couper, Keith, Abu Hassan, Aysha, Ohri, Vrinda, Patterson, Emma, Tang, Ho Tsun, Bingham, Robert, Olasveengen, Theresa, Perkins, Gavin D., 2020. Removal of foreign body airway obstruction : a systematic review of interventions. Resuscitation, 156, pp. 174-181
  • Christian, Michael D., Couper, Keith, Christian, Michael D., Couper, Keith, Christian, Michael D., Couper, Keith, Christian, Michael D., Couper, Keith, 2020. COVID-19 and the global OHCA crisis : an urgent need for system level solutions. Resuscitation, 157, pp. 274-276
  • Soar, Jasmeet, Berg, Katherine M., Andersen, Lars W., Böttiger, Bernd W., Cacciola, Sofia, Callaway, Clifton W., Couper, Keith, Cronberg, Tobias, D'Arrigo, Sonia, Deakin, Charles D., Donnino, Michael W., Drennan, Ian R., Granfeldt, Asger, Hoedemaekers, Cornelia W.E., Holmberg, Mathias J., Hsu, Cindy H., Kamps, Marlijn, Musiol, Szymon, Nation, Kevin J., Neumar, Robert W. et al (Select to open full list), 2020. Adult advanced life support : 2020 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science with Treatment Recommendations. Resuscitation, 156, pp. A80-A119
  • Perkins, G. D., Morley, P. T., Nolan, Jerry P., Soar, J., Berg, K., Olasveengen, T., Wyckoff, M., Greif, R., Singletary, N., Castren, M., de Caen, A., Wang, T., Escalante, R., Merchant, R. M., Hazinski, M., Kloeck, D., Heriot, G., Couper, Keith, Neumar, R., 2020. International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation : COVID-19 consensus on science, treatment recommendations and task force insights. Resuscitation, 151, pp. 145-147
  • Van de Voorde, P., Bossaert, L., Mentzelopoulos, S., Blom, M. T., Couper, Keith, Djakow, J., Druwé, P., Lilja, G., Lulic, I., Raffay, V., Perkins, G. D., Monsieurs, K. G., 2020. Ethik der Reanimation und Entscheidungen am Lebensende. Notfall + Rettungsmedizin, 23 (4), pp. 263-267
  • Soar, J., Lott, C., Böttiger, B. W., Carli, P., Couper, Keith, Deakin, C. D., Djärv, T., Olasveengen, T., Paal, P., Pellis, T., Perkins, G. D., Sandroni, C., Nolan, Jerry P., 2020. Erweiterte lebensrettende Maßnahmen bei Erwachsenen. Notfall + Rettungsmedizin, 23 (4), pp. 248-250
  • Berg, Katherine M., Soar, Jasmeet, Andersen, Lars W., Böttiger, Bernd W., Cacciola, Sofia, Callaway, Clifton W., Couper, Keith, Cronberg, Tobias, D'Arrigo, Sonia, Deakin, Charles D., Donnino, Michael W., Drennan, Ian R., Granfeldt, Asger, Hoedemaekers, Cornelia W.E., Holmberg, Mathias J., Hsu, Cindy H., Kamps, Marlijn, Musiol, Szymon, Nation, Kevin J., Neumar, Robert W. et al (Select to open full list), 2020. Adult advanced life support : 2020 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations. Circulation, 142 (16_suppl_1), pp. S92-S139
  • Trethewey, Samuel P., Vyas, Hrushikesh, Evans, Sarah, Hall, Michelle, Melody, Teresa, Perkins, Gavin D., Couper, Keith, 2019. The impact of resuscitation guideline terminology on quality of dispatcher-assisted cardiopulmonary resuscitation : a randomised controlled manikin study. Resuscitation, 142, pp. 91-96
  • Eli, Karin, Ochieng, Cynthia, Hawkes, Claire, Perkins, Gavin D., Couper, Keith, Griffiths, Frances, Slowther, Anne-Marie, 2019. Secondary care consultant clinicians' experiences of conducting emergency care and treatment planning conversations in England : an interview-based analysis. BMJ Open, 10
  • Nikolaou, Nikolaos, Dainty, Katie N., Couper, Keith, Morley, Peter, Tijssen, Janice, Vaillancourt, Christian, 2019. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of dispatcher-assisted CPR on outcomes from sudden cardiac arrest in adults and children. Resuscitation, 138, pp. 82-105
  • Couper, Keith, Laloo, Ryan, Field, Richard A., Perkins, Gavin D., Thomas, Matthew, Yeung, Joyce, 2019. Prophylactic antibiotic use following cardiac arrest : a systematic review and meta-analysis. Resuscitation, 141, pp. 166-173
  • Couper, Keith, Kimani, Peter K., Gale, Chris P., Quinn, Tom, Squire, Iain B., Marshall, A. (Andrea)?, Black, John J. M., Cooke, Matthew, Ewings, Bob, Long, John, Perkins, Gavin D., 2018. Patient, health service factors and variation in mortality following resuscitated out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in acute coronary syndrome : analysis of the Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project. Resuscitation, 124, pp. 49-57
  • Couper, Keith, Velho, Rochelle Marian, Quinn, Tom, Devrell, Anne, Lall, Ranjit, Orriss, Barry, Yeung, Joyce, Perkins, Gavin D., 2018. Training approaches for the deployment of a mechanical chest compression device : a randomised controlled manikin study. BMJ Open, 8
  • Couper, Keith, Kimani, Peter K., Gale, Chris P., Quinn, Tom., Squire, Iain B., Marshall, A. (Andrea)?, Black, John J. M., Cooke, Matthew, Ewings, Bob, Long, John, Perkins, Gavin D., 2018. Variation in outcome of hospitalised patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest from acute coronary syndrome : a cohort study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 6 (14)
  • Poole, Kurtis, Couper, Keith, Smyth, Michael A., Yeung, Joyce, Perkins, Gavin D., 2018. Mechanical CPR : Who? When? How?. Critical Care, 22 (140)
  • Trethewey, Samuel P., Couper, Keith, 2018. Comorbidity and cardiac arrest : a continuing conundrum. Resuscitation, 124, pp. A9-A10
  • Couper, Keith, Quinn, Tom, Lall, Ranjit, Devrell, Anne, Orriss, Barry, Seers, Kate, Yeung, Joyce, Perkins, Gavin D., 2018. Mechanical versus manual chest compressions in the treatment of in-hospital cardiac arrest patients in a non-shockable rhythm : a randomised controlled feasibility trial (COMPRESS-RCT). Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine, 26 (1)
  • Soar, Jasmeet, Donnino, Michael W., Maconochie, Ian, Aickin, Richard, Atkins, Dianne L., Andersen, Lars W., Berg, Katherine M., Bingham, Robert, Böttiger, Bernd W., Callaway, Clifton W., Couper, Keith, Couto, Thomaz Bittencourt, de Caen, Allan R., Deakin, Charles D., Drennan, Ian R., Guerguerian, Anne-Marie, Lavonas, Eric J., Meaney, Peter A., Nadkarni, Vinay M., Neumar, Robert W. et al (Select to open full list), 2018. 2018 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations Summary. Circulation, 138
  • Soar, Jasmeet, Donnino, Michael W., Maconochie, Ian, Aickin, Richard, Atkins, Dianne L., Andersen, Lars W., Berg, Katherine M., Bingham, Robert, Böttiger, Bernd W., Callaway, Clifton W., Couper, Keith, Couto, Thomaz Bittencourt, de Caen, Allan R., Deakin, Charles D., Drennan, Ian R., Guerguerian, Anne-Marie, Lavonas, Eric J., Meaney, Peter A., Nadkarni, Vinay M., Neumar, Robert W. et al (Select to open full list), 2018. 2018 international consensus on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and emergency cardiovascular care science with treatment recommendations summary. Resuscitation, 133, pp. 194-206
  • Yeung, Joyce, Couper, Keith, Ryan, Elizabeth G., Gates, Simon, Hart, Nick, Perkins, Gavin D., 2018. Non-invasive ventilation as a strategy for weaning from invasive mechanical ventilation : a systematic review and Bayesian meta-analysis. Intensive Care Medicine, 44, pp. 2192-2204
  • Carberry, James, Couper, Keith, Yeung, Joyce, 2017. The implementation of cardiac arrest treatment recommendations in English acute NHS trusts : a national survey. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 93 (1105), pp. 653-659
  • Couper, Keith, Yeung, Joyce, Nicholson, Thomas, Quinn, Tom, Lall, Ranjit, Perkins, Gavin D., 2016. Mechanical chest compression devices at in-hospital cardiac arrest : a systematic review and meta-analysis. Resuscitation, 103, pp. 24-31
  • Couper, Keith, Perkins, Gavin D., 2016. Improving outcomes from in-hospital cardiac arrest. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 353
  • Couper, Keith, Kimani, Peter K., Davies, Robin P., Baker, Annalie, Davies, Michelle, Husselbee, Natalie, Melody, Teresa, Griffiths, Frances, Perkins, Gavin D., 2016. An evaluation of three methods of in-hospital cardiac arrest educational debriefing : the cardiopulmonary resuscitation debriefing study. Resuscitation, 105, pp. 130-137
  • Gates, Simon, Quinn, Tom, Deakin, Charles D., Blair, Laura, Couper, Keith, Perkins, Gavin D., 2015. Mechanical chest compression for out of hospital cardiac arrest : systematic review and meta-analysis. Resuscitation, 94, pp. 91-97
  • Couper, Keith, Kimani, Peter K., Abella, Benjamin S., Chilwan, Mehboob, Cooke, Matthew, Davies, Robin P., Field, Richard A., Smith, F. Gao (Fang Gao), Quinton, Sarah, Stallard, Nigel, Woolley, Sarah, Perkins, Gavin D., 2015. The system-wide effect of real-time audiovisual feedback and postevent debriefing for in-hospital cardiac arrest. Critical Care Medicine, 43 (11), pp. 2321-2331
  • Couper, Keith, Smyth, Michael A., Perkins, Gavin D., 2015. Mechanical devices for chest compression. Current Opinion in Critical Care, 21 (3), pp. 188-194
  • Davies, Michelle, Couper, Keith, Bradley, Julie, Baker, Annalie, Husselbee, Natalie, Woolley, Sarah, Davies, Robin P., Perkins, Gavin D., 2014. A simple solution for improving reliability of cardiac arrest equipment provision in hospital. Resuscitation, 85 (11), pp. 1523-1526
  • Couper, Keith, Yeung, Joyce, 2014. Hyperoxia following cardiac arrest : how much is too much?. Resuscitation, 85 (9), pp. 1123-1124
  • Couper, Keith, Kimani, Peter K., Chilwan, Mehboob, Cooke, Matthew, Davies, Robin P., Field, Richard A., Smith, F. Gao (Fang Gao), Quinton, Sarah, Stallard, Nigel, Perkins, Gavin D., 2014. The impact of real-time audiovisual feedback and post-event debriefing : the CPR quality improvement initiative. Resuscitation, 85 (1)
  • Couper, Keith, Finn, Judith, 2013. Real-time feedback during basic life support training : does it prevent skill decay?. Resuscitation, 84 (8), pp. 1005-1006
  • Couper, Keith, Salman, Bilal, Soar, Jasmeet, Finn, Judith, Perkins, Gavin D., 2013. Debriefing to improve outcomes from critical illness : a systematic review and meta-analysis. Intensive Care Medicine, 39 (9), pp. 1513-1523
  • Couper, Keith, Perkins, Gavin D., 2013. Debriefing after resuscitation. Current Opinion in Critical Care, 19 (number 3), pp. 188-194
  • Couper, Keith, Abella, Benjamin S., 2012. Auditing resuscitation performance : innovating to improve practice. Resuscitation, Vol.83 (No.10), pp. 1179-1180
  • Yeung, Joyce, Couper, Keith, Giles, S., Perkins, Gavin D., 2010. Advances in postresuscitation care. Journal of the Intensive Care Society, 11 (2), pp. 112-117
Title Funder Award start Award end
NIHR HTA Stage 2: Pre-hospitAl Randomised triAl of MEDICation route in out-of-hosital cardiac arrest (PARAMEDIC3) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 May 2021 30 Apr 2025
WCPRS Studentship Agreement University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 02 Mar 2020 01 Sep 2023
NIHR HTA Stage 2: Perioperative Oxygen Therapy National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Dec 2021 31 Mar 2023
Developing a quality of life instrument for Cardiac Arrest survivors: understanding what matters to patients - related to WCPRS PhD Studentship (66086) Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Sep 2020 31 Aug 2022
AWARD: RECOVERY-RS Respiratory Support: Respiratory Strategies in COVID-19; CPAP, High-flow, and standard care (link to 65887 - temp Site agreement) National Institute for Health Research (NIHR DoH) 01 Apr 2020 31 Mar 2022
COVID-19 and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: an epidemiological study Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Oct 2021 31 Jan 2022
The impact of withdrawal of tracheal intubation from UK ambulance services: an observational study. Resuscitation Council (UK) 01 Mar 2021 30 Jun 2021
UK National Screening Council: Screening to prevent sudden cardiac death in people aged 12 to 39 years old- evidence synthesis Public Health England 01 Nov 2018 31 Oct 2019