PEC-ANZ is an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) funded for five years from 2017-2021. The CRE scheme provides support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research.

We are currently funded to perform two research projects:

Reduction of oxygen after cardiac arrest:
The EXACT trial

Funding: 2015 NHMRC Project grant application – successfully funded

Contact Investigator: Professor Steve Bernard

We aim to conduct a Phase 3 multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial to determine whether reducing oxygen administration to target a normal level as soon as possible following successful resuscitation from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, compared to current practice of maintaining 100% oxygen, improves patient survival at hospital discharge.

Supporting Residential Aged Care nurses in ensuring good outcomes and appropriate use of resources in the management of cardiac arrest.

Funding: Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy Limited Grants and Fellowships

Investigators: Susie Cartledge, Janet Bray, Judith Finn, Karen Smith, Judy Lowthian

Currently, 8% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) attended by Ambulance Victoria occur in residential aged care facilities (RACFs). Current data suggests many of these calls are for obvious deaths or for patients where resuscitation is not required or not provided prior to paramedic arrival. Contemporary data is required to understand the need for a “cardiac arrest response” for OHCA occurring in RACFs and to determine what support can be provided to RACF nurses. This will ensure appropriate delivery of resuscitation care prior to ambulance arrival, ambulance use and most importantly clinical care for RACF residents.