Cardiac arrest research

Cardiac arrest is an acute and life-threatening condition that, if left untreated, will result in death. It is also the most extensively researched condition in our group, utilizing an epidemiological, clinical, and educational approach.

Our epidemiological research is primarily based on the Norwegian Cardiac Arrest Registry. Data from this registry is utilized independently or in conjunction with clinical data or data from national health registries. Currently, there are four PhD projects utilizing this strategy, aiming to enhance understanding of cardiac arrest, its risks, outcomes, and treatment quality. This research also contributes to improving the quality of services, providing an overview of public health risks and impact factors, and aiding in the development of new and effective treatments. Furthermore, the research examines the burden of disease, municipality health, and demographic trends. Collaboration with external researchers is also conducted to facilitate better planning before clinical trials by supplying real-life data. All these objectives align with our ambition to increase health data use for research and evidence-based clinical practice, as outlined in the long-term plan for research and higher education, as well as the OUS research strategy.

In addition to epidemiological research, the group also engages in clinical and experimental research within the field of cardiac arrest. This includes studies focused on improving survival rates, injury detection, airway management, hypothermia, nitric oxide inhalation, chest compression devices, defibrillation strategies, and pharmaceutical approaches.

The educational aspect of our research has a long-standing tradition within the group. We have multiple areas of focus, with particular emphasis on training for newborn resuscitation and bystander resuscitation.

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