Emory, Grady conducting cardiac clinical trial

Emory Department of Emergency Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital are conducting a clinical trial called “ACCESS to the cardiac catheterization lab in patients without ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction resuscitated from out-of-hospital ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest.”

The trial is “aimed at a specific group of cardiac arrest survivors [and] will determine the best method of care for people who have an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, are resuscitated and transported to the Grady Emergency Department by ambulance.”

As soon as patients arrive at Grady Memorial Hospital by ambulance, they will be enrolled in the study.

Patients “could be enrolled through ‘Exception from Informed Consent’ if they are unconscious and there is no family member or legally-authorized representative to speak with the study team. Metro-Atlanta residents who choose not to be a part of this study, should they experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and be transported to Grady, can contact the study team at ACCESSstudy@Emory.edu to ‘opt-out’ of the clinical trial. They will receive a bracelet notifying the study team they don’t want to be enrolled in the ACCESS Study. Importantly, patients arriving at Grady who do have a diagnosed blockage on ECG will not be admitted to the trial and will go directly to the cath lab for treatment.”

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