Belmont, Perth,

Prize win for cardiac arrest trial

St John Ambulance WA (SJAWA) was one of four major prize winners at the recent 2012 Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) national conference.

The award in the Clinical Capability category was for a trial measuring the use of adrenaline in treating patients for cardiac arrest out-of-hospital.

SJAWA Clinical Services Director Prof Ian Jacobs said the Randomised Placebo Controlled Trial of Adrenaline in Cardiac Arrest had made a significant impact in understanding pre-hospital treatment of cardiac arrests throughout the world.

“Although widely accepted as the best treatment method, the use of adrenaline in treating patients in cardiac arrest out-of-hospital had never been proven,” he said.

“The findings of this study have been significant in establishing the efficacy for continued use of adrenaline in cardiac arrest, providing the evidence to support clinical recommendations.”

“Adrenaline strengthens the cardiac contractions as it stimulates the cardiac muscle. This further increases the amount of blood circulating to the vital organs, and also increases the chance of the heart returning to a normal rhythm.”

In this study patients in cardiac arrest were randomised to receive either intravenous preparations of adrenaline or the placebo.

The trial has received global attention and was recognised in 2011 as one of the top 10 emergency medicine publications (studies) in Journal Watch, a subsidiary publication of the New England Journal of Medicine.

CAA Chief Executive Officer Greg Mundy said the awards were developed to encourage and acknowledge innovations from Ambulance Services throughout Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

“The level of innovation and creative thought that has gone into these projects and initiatives is truly astonishing,” Mr Mundy said.

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