A key aim of the Aus-ROC CRE is to establish an Australian and New Zealand OHCA ‘Epistry’ (epidemiologic registry) to monitor and report on the population-based effects of changes in pre-hospital resuscitation policy and practice.
Specifically, the Aus-ROC Epistry was established with the aim of understanding regional, ambulance service and treatment factors associated with improved OHCA survival and outcomes. The scope of the Epistry will enable a range of important research questions to be answered, including:
- Understanding regional variations in outcome;
- The impact of variations in the provision of treatment for OHCA between ambulance services;
- Temporal changes in incidence and outcome; and
- The impact of changes in clinical guidelines and clinical trials, as well as increased clinical trial efficiency.
The Epistry will allow risk-adjusted outcomes to be determined, to enable benchmarking across providers and identification of system-wide strategies associated with survival for OHCA patients in Australia and New Zealand.
The Epistry is housed and has ethics approval at Monash University (Project Number: CF12/3938 -2012001888 , Project Title: Australian Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium (Aus-ROC) out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) Epistry (Aus-ROC OHCA Epistry), Chief Investigator: Prof Judith Finn). Ethical approval has been granted for collection of this data and each of the contributing sites.