Monday, 14 March 2016

Aus-ROC attends Cardiovascular Nursing Conference

As the majority of cardiac arrests are attributed to a cardiac cause, such as a heart attack, it was fitting that Dr Janet Bray was invited to speak at the Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College conference earlier this month. Dr Bray is a Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of the Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC).

Dr Bray’s presentation was structured around the steps needed to ensure survival in a cardiac arrest, known as the chain of survival. These steps are: early recognition of the condition and thus requesting emergency medical services; commencing cardiopulmonary resuscitation; and accessing and using a defibrillator. Dr Bray presented current evidence on each of these steps, including work completed and planned from Aus-ROC.

Her presentation was followed by a patient’s experience of an out of hospital cardiac arrest, which emphasised the need for Aus-ROC’s continued research and resonated with the nurses in the audience.

Aus-ROC research was also presented at the conference by PhD Candidate Susie Cartledge (pictured). Susie presented a study that had been commissioned by the National Heart Foundation to assess the impact of a local mass media campaign on ambulance use in patients experiencing heart attack symptoms. This study was led by Dr Bray and co-authored by Susie and fellow Aus-ROC members Dr Lahn Straney and Professor Judith Finn.

The study found that the campaign, which featured across television and radio in 2013, had a good reach of 64 per cent of the sample. Ambulance use for heart attack patients however was unchanged from previous figures of 50 per cent.

Susie urged the nurses in the audience to continue to educate their patients and the community about the importance of using an ambulance.

“Future work will be needed to target groups with low awareness and educate the public that an ambulance provides more than just transport,” Susie said.

This paper went on to be awarded “Best Research Paper” at the conference – a big congratulations to the team for their continued pioneering work in the field and this impressive achievement.

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