Canadian investigators and emergency responders have played a key role in out-of-hospital resuscitation research for more than 20 years. Most recently, three Canadian universities (UBC, U of T, and U of Ottawa), along with collaborating EMS and Fire Services, have been successful participants in the joint US/Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (ROC).
Major ROC accomplishments include multiple publications in prestigious scientific journals and observational analyses based upon a large database which is called “ROC Epistry”.
Moreover, survival in participating communities has significantly improved.
With generous support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada we created our own Canadian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (CanROC) to bring the power of collaboration of all Canadian Resuscitation researchers and EMS agency partners to bear on our goal of increasing survival from cardiac arrest.
CanROC is now an ever expanding National Registry of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) including most provinces and soon hopefully more than 80% of all SCAs in Canada. The Canadian SCA Registry is considered essential to support quality improvement, observational studies, as a foundation for clinical trials and to measure the impact of educational and government and community advocacy efforts.