Steve Bernard's "CHEER" Study receives wide media coverage.
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As a result of some great outcomes from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, The CHEER Study (CPR, Hypothermia, ECMO and Early Reperfusion) has received considerable publicity. The study involves the use of an AUTOPULSE, an Automated Chest Compression System that moves more blood, more consistently than is possible with human hands giving cardiac massage. Its load-distributing LifeBand® squeezes the entire chest. As a result, victims receive consistent, high-quality compressions that deliver improved blood flow.
This is used in conjunction with rapid infusion of 2 liters of ice cold saline, and rapid transport to The Alfred Hospital where a team is assembled in the emergency department to percutaneously cannulate the femoral artery and vein for V-A ECMO (extra corporeal membrane oxygenation). The patient is cooled to 33 degrees and a coronary angiogram +/- intervention is performed, followed by 24 hours of cooling, ventilation and haemodynamic support.
Reports show that survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is poor, but using these techniques, the Alfred has had four out of five patients recover spontaneous circulation with 3 making a complete neurological recovery and being discharged from hospital within 10 days.