Canadian researchers and emergency responders have played a key role in out-of-hospital resuscitation research for more than 20 years. Most recently, three Canadian universities (UBC, U of T, and U of Ottawa), along with collaborating EMS and Fire Services, have been successful participants in the joint US/Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC). Major ROC accomplishments include multiple publications in prestigious scientific journals and observational analyses based upon a large database of out of hospital cardiac arrest (400,000 cases) which is called "ROC Epistry".
Moreover, survival in participating communities has significantly improved.
With generous support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada we have now created our own Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC - www.canroc.org) to bring the power of collaboration of all Canadian Resuscitation researchers and EMS agency partners to bear on our goal of increasing survival from cardiac arrest & life threatening trauma.
Our methodologies are multi-disciplinary, and core to our strategy will be knowledge transfer, community engagement, and a strong national training program in resuscitation research. Through this exciting initiative we will continue to build the capacity, collaboration, and competitiveness of resuscitation clinical research conducted in Canada.
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