Presented by Dr Ziad Nehme Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is the ultimate prehospital emergency. For almost 20 years, the Victorian Ambulance Cardiac Arrest Registry has been monitoring short- and long-term outcomes of patients who suffer an OHCA in the state of Victoria.
Over that time, it has identified significant improvements in survival and neurological recovery from OHCA, and has attributed these improvements to a variety of systems-based and community-based innovations. However, in recent years survival from OHCA has stagnated in Victoria, and future improvements require ongoing innovation in care. This presentation will explore almost 20 years of cardiac arrest surveillance and research in Victoria, and provide insights into potential future innovations in care.
Dr Ziad Nehme is a paramedic and post-doctoral researcher with over 10 years clinical and research experience. He holds appointments as a Senior Research Fellow with the Department of Research and Evaluation, Ambulance Victoria, as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Monash University, and as the Ambulance representative on the Australian Resuscitation Council (Victorian branch). Ziad has authored over 40 research studies in the field of prehospital emergency care and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, and is an associate investigator on the Australian and New Zealand Centre for Prehospital Emergency Care (PEC-ANZ), an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence.