Innovations in Cardiac Arrest Care: TX-CARES and NEMSIS Projects’ Spotlight at AHA’s Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS)


This past weekend, the American Heart Association held its annual Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS) in Philadelphia, PA.

EM’s Benjamin Karfunkle, MD & Ryan Huebinger, MD presented six projects from the Texas Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (TX-CARES) and National Emergency Medical Services Information System (NEMSIS) databases.

Dr. Karfunkle reported on differences in care at hospitals treating patients from rural areas vs those caring for fewer rural patients, and at differences in prehospital care for female patients.

Dr. Huebinger presented three projects, evaluating the association between race and initial shockable rhythm, EMS agency factors associated with better outcomes after cardiac arrest, and the impact that receiving hospital characteristics made on cardiac arrest outcomes.

They would each like to give a special shout out to Anastasia Papin, one of our first year medical students, who was First Author on a project with Dr. Huebinger. Her project analyzed community level disparities in the use of antiarrhythmic medication for cardiac arrest.

Thanks to all of our cardiac arrest research team members who helped make this happen:

Carrie Bakunas, MD

Joseph Gill, MD

Ryan Huebinger, MD

Kevin Schulz, MD

John Waller-Delarosa, MD

Richard Witkov, MD

We’d also like to extend our appreciation to Ben Bobrow, MD, FACEP for his mentorship and leadership in our research mission, as well as our collaborators at the NEMSIS and CARES projects.

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