Ambulance Victoria Unveils Global Cardiac Arrest Strategy

The head of Ambulance Victoria's (AV) research team travelled to New Zealand to share the organisation's ambitious plan to improve cardiac arrest survival rates with experts from the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Ziad Nehme was one of the experts who presented at the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Conference in Wellington on 14 and 15 June.

The biannual event attracts hundreds of senior leaders and healthcare professionals and focusses on the latest developments in resuscitation and first aid.

A man on stage at a conference giving a presentation on a topic about cardiac arrest.

Ambulance Victoria's Director of Research and Evaluation Dr Ziad Nehme presented the organisation's plans to improve cardiac arrest survival rates at the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Conference recently.

Dr Nehme presented AV's Cardiac Arrest Improvement Strategy to hundreds of healthcare leaders, the first time it has been shared with an international audience.

The strategy aims to improve cardiac arrest survival rates by 30 per cent over the next five years.

Dr Nehme said Ambulance Victoria was leading the way in analysing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cardiac arrest survival rates and bystander intervention.

"We're putting forward a plan for the next five years that will contribute to improving patient outcomes," Dr Nehme said.

"AV is recognised as a global leader in high-performance CPR and out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, so there is considerable interest from other services as to how they can learn from our methods to improve patient outcomes in their respective regions."

The NZ Resus 2024 conference ran from 14-15 June.

AV's Cardiac Arrest Improvement Strategy was recently announced as finalist in the 2024 Council of Ambulance Authorities (CAA) Awards for Excellence.

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