Dr. Brian Grunau, CHÉOS Scientist and emergency physician at St. Paul’s Hospital, was recently recognized for his research at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium.
Dr. Grunau received the Young Investigator award, which is presented annually for the top research submitted to the Symposium by scientists within the first five years of their appointment. This year, 32 investigators from around the world received the award.
This is the second such award that Dr. Grunau has received; he received the 2014 award for his abstract “Neurological outcomes associated with duration of pre-hospital resuscitation: Implications for transport to invasive resuscitation”.
This year’s research was a part of Dr. Grunau’s involvement as a co-investigator with the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC), a North American clinical trial network that performs multi-centre prospective randomized trials in cardiac arrest and trauma.
“Within the ROC I had the opportunity to analyze data from 50,000 cardiac arrests within 10 regions in North America, looking at the potential benefit of intra-arrest transport for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest” said Dr. Grunau.
In this specific analysis, researchers wanted to identify whether survival after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest was different between those who received full resuscitation attempts at the scene of the arrest, in comparison to those who were transported to hospital with ongoing CPR.
“We found that, at all time points up to 30 minutes, transportation to hospital during a cardiac arrest was associated with a lower likelihood of survival compared to on-site resuscitation” noted Dr. Grunau.