An arm of the National Institutes of Health has awarded University of Pittsburgh researchers $1.8 million to create what is expected to be the largest database of electrocardiogram information that could lead to new ways to evaluate the effectiveness of CPR and patient outcomes.
The grant comes from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the repository of information gathered and analyzed could be used to better guide real-time decision making during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
"If we can see what works best, we can further refine CPR interventions and save more lives," lead investigator James Menegazzi, an emergency medicine specialist at Pitt's School of Medicine, said in a statement.
Nearly 351,000 Americans experience a sudden cardiac arrest outside the hospital and fewer than 7 percent survive to hospital discharge, according to Pitt officials.
The study will examine data from 10,000 ECG reports collected by a clinical research network funded by the Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.