Welcome to Penn's Center for Resuscitation Science
The Center for Resuscitation Science based in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is dedicated to research and training that will save the lives of people who suffer cardiac arrest and shock.
To accomplish this mission, we have brought together a diverse team of scientists, clinicians, and engineers focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of death and reanimation in an environment designed to catalyze the translation of new discoveries into optimized patient care.
A Survivor's Story: Saved From Sudden Cardiac Arrest With CPR and Therapeutic Hypothermia
Zach Conrad: Avid cyclist, cardiac arrest survivor, and bystander CPR/AED training advocate. Zach suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in June of 2012. Immediate bystander CPR, rapid defibrillation, and transfer to Penn for targeted temperature management (TTM) made an large impact on his survival. You can hear him tell his story here.
Penn interpretation of the European TTM (33°C vs. 36°C) trial
An important new clinical trial was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine, evaluating two different "doses" of post-arrest targeted temperature management (TTM). This trial has generated much interest from hospital providers of post-arrest care. Our CRS faculty have met to determine our position on the issues generated by the trial; a discussion of these issues can be found at the following link: watch video on TTM trial commentary
In response to the recent European TTM trial, International Resuscitation group posts interim guideline statement.
Targeted Temperature Management Protocol Survey
We are interested in learning about how your institution has developed or changed their post-cardiac arrest targeted temperature management protocol based on the latest science. To allow us to better understand this process, please complete a short web-based survey (5 minutes or less) available via this link TTM Protocol Survey. For questions about the survey, please contact Audrey Blewer or David Buckler.
UPHS AED Training Video
Center for Resuscitation Science Staff, together with the Clinical Emergencies Committee at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, have put together a short video on how to use an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED.) Anyone can learn how to use an AED and help to save a life in an emergency situation!