Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is a common, life-threatening event encountered routinely by first responders, including police, fire and emergency medical services (EMS). Current literature suggests that there is significant regional variation in outcomes, some of which may be related to modifiable factors. Yet, there is a persistent knowledge gap regarding strategies to guide quality improvement efforts in OHCA care and, by extension, survival. The Enhancing Prehospital Outcomes for Cardiac Arrest (EPOC) study aims to fill these gaps and to improve outcomes.
Author(s): Rama A Salhi, Sydney Fouche, Peter Mendel, Christopher Nelson, Michael D Fetters, Timothy Guetterman, Jane Forman, Wilson Nham, Jason E Goldstick, Jessica Lehrich, Bill Forbush, Samantha Iovan, Antony Hsu, Theresa A Shields, Robert Domeier, Claude M Setodji, Robert W Neumar, CARES Surveillance Group, Brahmajee K Nallamothu, Mahshid Abir