Low survival: 10%
Each year 3.500 people in Denmark and 5.000 people in Sweden suffer from sudden cardiac arrest either at work, at home or in the street. The survival is low at only 10% after 30 days.
The goal is to increase survival
The Centre for Resuscitation Science aims to change these low survival rates by enhancing research in the treatment of cardiac arrest.
Today the ideal treatment of cardiac arrest is based on a chain of survival from alerting the mobile emergency care unit, cardiopulmonary resuscitation by bystanders, advanced pre-hospital care and follow-up treatment including cooling to prevent neurological damage and rehabilitation in hospital.
It is known that all parts of the treatment are essential in order to treat the patients with the best possible result.
Treatment of cardiac arrest as a whole
Today, research in cardiac arrest is mostly undertaken through projects that seek to optimize the single links of the chain, but there might be great improvements if treatment is considered as a whole.
Closer integration of research
The Centre is building a framework for closer integration of research in the treatment of cardiac arrest – the main goal is to optimize the treatment of out-of hospital cardiac arrest in all links of the chain of survival and thereby increase the number of surviving patients.
Partners in the Centre
In Denmark the departments of Cardiology at Rigshospitalet and Gentofte Hospital are partners in the centre along with the Prehospital Department – the Emergency Unit in the Capital Region. The Swedish partners are Skåne University Hospital, University of Lund and Helsingborg General Hospital.
Ongoing research in cardiac arrest
All these units undertake research in cardiac arrest today and ensure that the centre has expertise from the prehospital treatment as well as clinical departments with a focus on medical treatment and rehabilitation.
Access to other experts
Research in cardiac arrest is already taking place on both sides of Øresund. The centre will make it easier for the individual researcher to cooperate with other researchers that carry out research dealing with other parts of the chain of survival. This will increase the insight achieved by each project.
In the initial phase of the establishment of the centre 8 projects have planned. Each project will increase the knowledge on cardiac arrest and how to effectively treat cardiac arrest. All projects are expected to end in 2014.