Monday, 16 November 2015

Aus-ROC attends European Resuscitation Council Congress in Prague

SPHPM AusROC researchers pictured at the ERC Congress.
L to R: Ms Susie Cartledge, Ms Kylie Dyson, Dr Ben Beck, Professor Judith Finn, Dr Lahn Straney, Dr Janet Bray
SPHPM’s Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (AusROC) was temporarily relocated to the Czech Republic in late October, when staff and students attended the European Resuscitation Council Congress in Prague.

The congress centred on the recent release of new resuscitation guidelines, which are reviewed and renewed every five years. The congress had a strong international attendance, with 2900 delegates attending from 68 countries.

AusROC had a strong presence at the congress – collectively SPHPM AusROC researchers presented two invited talks, five free papers and four posters.

PhD Candidate Susie Cartledge presented two posters from her work on targeted cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to high-risk cardiac populations. Fellow PhD Candidate Kylie Dyson presented her research on paramedic exposure to out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and the association to survival, in a free paper session.

Dr Lahn Straney presented a free paper highlighting the high-risk regions for cardiac arrest in Victoria, followed by a poster entitled ‘Regional characteristics are associated with the variation in OHCA incidence and bystander CPR rates seen across Victoria, Australia.’  Dr Janet Bray presented research examining targeted temperature management for OHCA patients at the Intensive Care Unit of The Alfred Hospital. Professor Judith Finn was invited to speak about the implementation of guidelines into practice and optimising CPR using feedback devices – both presentations were given to a packed house.

Excitingly, AusROC had two presentations in the ‘Best of the Best Abstracts’ session. Research Fellow Dr Ben Beck presented on the trends of patients following traumatic OHCA over a 17 year period in Perth, Western Australia. AusROC Chief Investigator, Professor Stephen Bernard presented, for the first time, results from the inaugural AusROC randomised controlled trial- RINSE. This trial investigated whether paramedic initiated cooling during CPR could improve patient outcomes. Both Ben and Steve had strong presentations and were finalists in this category.

AusROC also had another finalist in the Young Investigator award. PhD Candidate from the South Australian division, Amy Seymour-Walsh presented her research on education methods for advanced life support training.

The busy and successful three days of the congress were concluded with a final round of networking with international colleagues over some traditional hearty Czech food, consisting mostly of meat and potato! 

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