In 2019, a FDA approved patient positioning device capable of elevating the head and thorax in a controlled manner became commercially available. As emergency medical services are increasingly using this Head Up CPR patient positioning device as part of their standard protocol for cardiac arrest patients, in addition to Active Compression-Decompression (ACD) cardiopulmonary resuscitation with an Impedance Threshold Device (ITD) CPR or with mechanical CPR and the ITD, it is important to monitor how this device is being used, and outcomes of patients who received this Head Up CPR therapy. All of the devices used in this observational registry study have received FDA 510K clearance.
Emergency medical systems (EMS) that have implemented standard cardiac arrest protocols that include the combination of manual CPR with an ITD, an automated CPR device with the ITD, or ACD+ITD CPR, with the Head Up CPR device are asked to be part of the Registry. If a system participates, they are asked for de-identified cardiac arrest data including patient demographics, details of cardiac arrest care, and patient outcomes before and after implementation of the Head Up CPR bundle. De-identified data is kept securely by the study sponsor and PI. The patient data for all systems using this approach to resuscitation are included, with a current focus on patients receiving the device combination rapidly.
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