The CHEER Study

Refractory Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Treated with Mechanical CPR, Hypothermia, ECMO and Early Reperfusion.  This study is a collaboration between The Alfred, Monash University, Baker IDI and Ambulance Victoria. 

When standard pre hospital resuscitation has proved futile, patients enrolled in the study will be transported to The Alfred with a mechanical chest compression device applied, cooled to 33°C, placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO), and then transported to the interventional cardiac catheter laboratory where the coronary arteries can be re-opened.  The patient will then receive therapeutic hypothermia for 24 hours.  Subsequent management will follow the standard treatment guidelines of The Alfred Intensive Care Unit.  

Colin Fiedler, patient, tells of being revived after an episode of cardiac arrest at The Alfred. Dr Dion Stub, The Alfred, explains the working of a new CPR and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, set up with Ambulance Vic.

GTV Channel 9 Weekend Today - Patient Revived at The Alfred - Dr Dion Stub

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