Neighbours saving Neighbours: Providing early CPR and defibrillation for victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest through rapid deployment of community-based volunteers

PI: Steve Brooks




Summary: CanROC researchers are partnering with implementation stakeholders to develop and evaluate a novel strategy to improve outcomes for patients who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). The “Neighbours saving Neighbours (NsN) program” will train, equip and deliver community rescuers to the scene of OHCA in a Canadian setting to provide immediate high-quality CPR and defibrillation while conventional emergency responders are en route. We are developing a pilot study to determine the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of this cardiac arrest community responder program. A Canadian Institutes of Health Research Planning and Dissemination Grant has been awarded to the team to support program development. This project is an intermediate step in a series of planned research activities to support decision-making around the broad implementation of this strategy in Canada to increase survival for victims of OHCA.