Dallas chosen as resuscitation study site
UT Southwestern will oversee a Dallas-based center aimed at coordinating local studies of resuscitation outcomes as part of a project to conduct similar studies simultaneously in 10 U.S. and Canadian cities over the next five years.
The medical center has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to set up a resuscitation consortium center under the direction of Dr. Ahamed Idris, a professor of surgery with nationally recognized expertise in CPR research and training.
"The purpose of this initial NIH grant is to develop and maintain a core infrastructure for the Dallas Resuscitation Research Center," said Dr. Idris. "The vision of the resuscitation outcomes consortium (ROC) project is to be able to complete, over the next five years, two concurrent clinical trials per year - one involving sudden cardiac arrest and one involving severe injury - for a total of 10 major studies."
Dr. Idris said the NIH chose Dallas as one of its center sites because of UT Southwestern's highly regarded academic reputation, the area's unique emergency medical service system, its strong inter-hospital collaborations and its trauma services. UT Southwestern's Emergency Medicine program directs medical care for nearly a quarter-million 911 incidents in Dallas and 12 surrounding cities annually.
The NIH will separately fund each of the resuscitation clinical trials besides supporting the center. All 10 cities in the ROC will perform the same studies simultaneously to ensure sufficient statistical power and rapid completion.
"We predict that the ROC will be quite successful and likely implement additional studies well beyond the original five years," Dr. Idris said. "I anticipate that private corporations and other federal agencies such as the Department of Defense will also use the resources of the ROC to study other important interventions."
Dr. Idris, the principal investigator, has been an international pioneer in resuscitation research and CPR education for more than 20 years. In addition, Dallas has a strong investigative team already working to coordinate area emergency care. It includes UT Southwestern faculty members Dr. Joseph Mineai, associate professor of surgery and Parkland Memorial Hospital's chief of surgery; Dr. Paul Pepe, chairman of emergency medicine and EMS operations medical director, and Dr. Ray Fowler, assistant professor of surgery; as well as Dr. Mike Ramsay, head of anesthesiology at Baylor University Medical Center, and Dr. Robert Simonson, medical director of the Methodist Medical Center Emergency Department.
A total of 101 cities in the United States and Canada applied for a grant to become a federally designated resuscitation center. Besides Dallas, the NIH chose Seattle, Portland, Ore., Birmingham, Ala., Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, San Diego, Iowa City, Iowa, Toronto and Ottawa as center sites.